Ursinus College defensive coordinator Shane Eachus has been hired to the football staff at Oklahoma State.
A 2012 graduate of Ursinus, Eachus will join head coach Mike Gundy's staff– and become part of a Cowboys program that has won at least ten games five times since 2010 and played in four New Year's Six bowl games in that span, including the 2016 Sugar Bowl.
Eachus makes the leap to Division I and the Big 12 after four successful seasons – three of them as defensive coordinator – at his alma mater. The Bears led the Centennial Conference in fumble recoveries in 2015 and 2016, and tied for third with 12 interceptions in 2017, when they ranked third in passing defense (198.5 yards/game).
In his debut as defensive coordinator, Eachus orchestrated a dominant defensive effort in which Ursinus allowed only one first down in the first half (via penalty) – and eight total – in an epic, five-overtime victory at Division II Millersville in the 2015 season opener. The Marauders managed just 221 yards of total offense and were 3 for 20 on third down in that contest.
A former captain under Ursinus head coach Pete Gallagher, Eachus was a three-year starting safety during his time in Collegeville. As a senior in 2011, he was named a CoSIDA first team Academic All-American and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner. The previous year, he helped lead the Bears to a CC championship as an integral part of a defensive unit that ranked first in the league in total defense, rushing defense, opponent 3rd-down conversions, and opponent first downs and surrendered just 17 points per game.
"I am grateful for all of Shane's contributions to the college as a player, coach, mentor and friend," said Ursinus football coach Pete Gallagher. "His expressive personality will be missed but not forgotten as we all wish him continued success in his career."
Additionally, Eachus' defense held eight-time defending CC champion Johns Hopkins to less than half of its season scoring average in a 21-17 upset of the No. 8/13 Blue Jays last October.
After graduation, Eachus spent two years as a graduate assistant at James Madison, where he mentored a pair of All-CAA defensive backs before moving to the offensive side of the ball and helping the Dukes set numerous single-season and single-game passing records.
Eachus was a standout off the field as well, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. and double major in Psychology and Media and Communication Studies. He was a member of the Phi Betta Kappa honor society and was named to Centennial Conference S.A.A.C. All-Sportsmanship team in 2010 and 2011.
Eachus graduated from James Madison in 2014 with an M.S. in Kinesiology and a concentration in Sports and Recreation Leadership.
Eachus joins an expanding tree of former Ursinus players and coaches to join the coaching ranks at the game's highest levels, a list that includes Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther '93 and Florida head coach Dan Mullen '94.