One of Florida A&M University’s favorite sons, Dr. John Easton has returned home to direct his alma mater’s storied athletic program. Eason will begin his tenure at FAMU on December 1st, 2017. He brings to FAMU an impressive working resume replete with experience from a long and successful career in coaching and administration in collegiate and professional athletics.
A native of Ocala, Florida, who played football for FAMU from 1964-1967, under Hall of Fame coaching legend A.S. “Jake” Gaither, Eason blossomed into an All American tight end and punter. He was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
After his playing career at Florida A&M University, Eason played one year in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (1968), one season with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian football League (CFL) in 1969, later returning to the CFL in 1972 with the Montreal Alouettes. Eason holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Florida A&M University in Education Administration in 1987. Among Eason’s coaching stops was 12 years (1981-1992) as receivers coach at Florida State and four years as the offensive coordinator & receivers coach at South Carolina (1995-98).
In 2001, Eason joined the coaching staff for the Georgia Bulldogs and moved up to become Director of Football Operations. Eason came to UGA with Mark Richt as wide receivers coach and assistant head coach in 2001. He also served as Associate Head Coach at UGA from 2005-08. He moved in 2009 to Director of Football Operations and to Director of Player Development in 2010.
Following his 14 years at FSU, from 1981-94, Eason served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at South Carolina from 1995-98. While at FSU, Eason also served as an Assistant to the Athletic Director for Academic/Student Affairs.
During his tenure at FSU, the Seminoles won one national championship (1993) and eight bowl games. In his 14 seasons, Eason coached seven wide receivers who received All-American recognition including three first-team selections - Lawrence Dawsey, Tamrick Vanover & Kez McCorvey.
At UGA, among others, he coached Terrence Edwards, Fred Gibson, Reggie Brown, Mohamed Massaquoi, and A.J. Green.
Eason has also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Services and Wellness at the University of Central Florida in 1999-2000. In addition, he has held positions as offensive coordinator and associate head coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian football League during the 2000 season while on leave from UCF.
Eason Personal: Eason is married to the former Virginia Long of Tallahassee. They have two children, Amanda and Michael.
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