(EIU) -- Former Eastern Illinois men’s basketball coach Don Eddy died in Texas on Sunday. Information on services will be released when it becomes available.

Eddy coached the Panthers to a successful run as an NCAA Division II member after helping the program transition from the NAIA ranks. He coached at EIU from 1968-1980 posting a 208-129 record with the Panthers.

As an NAIA member he coached the Panthers to back-to-back appearances in the District 20 Tournament.

In 1975 he coached EIU to the first of six straight NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament appearances. His 1976 and 1978 both finished third in the nation as they beat Old Dominion in the 3rd place game in 1976 and beat Florida Tech in the 3rd place game in 1978.

Prior to coming to Eastern, Eddy was an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University Madison Brooks when the team went 19-8 and reached the Sweet 16 before falling to Ohio State 79-72.

Eddy left Eastern Illinois following the 1980 season to take over as the head coach at Texas San Antonio. At Texas San Antonio he went 60-68 in four and a half seasons. He was the first coach at the school and it entered into Division I with no gym. There was no team in 1980-81. After an 8-19 season in 1981-82 the Roadrunners went 10-17 before a 20-8 season in 1983-84 and 18-10 in 1984-85. 

In 1986, Eddy started his own basketball camps throughout the state of Texas. The camp was set on the framework of Christian principles and expectations while the focus was on the skill development of each individual camper. The camps have been in existence for 30 years and have taught nearly 1,400 student-athletes each summer. 


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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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