Shelly Eaton Named To Women's Gymnastics Coaching Staff

Aug. 14, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Shelly Eaton, the co-owner and director of SportsTech International/Desert Devil Gymnastics in Mesa, Ariz., has been named to John Spini's women's gymnastics coaching staff at Arizona State University.

Primarily in charge of choreographing ASU's routines on balance beam and the floor exercise, Eaton replaces Kristen Smyth, who in June accepted the head coaching job at Stanford after five years as an assistant at ASU.

'Shelly Eaton brings us another step closer to our goal of winning a national championship,' Spini said. 'She not only gives us a solid foundation, but also provides us with a much wider recruiting base because of her ability to communicate with young athletes.

'I'm tremendously excited to welcome her to my staff, I don't think we'll miss a beat.'

A member of the USA National Gymnastics Team from 1985-1989, Eaton, then Shelly Schaerrer, went on to earn shares of two NCAA Championship team titles at the University of Utah from 1989-1992.

A seven-time All-American, including a runner-up finish in the all-around at the 1990 NCAA Championships, Eaton took home multiple individual awards while at Utah, including the 1989 Coaches' Award (most improved athlete), 1990 Most Valuable Performer Award, 1992 Diane Ellingson Award (most inspirational athlete) and the 1990 Utah Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year.

Since 1995, Eaton has mentored over 75 state, regional and national junior champions on the floor exercise and balance beam at her SportsTech/Desert Devil facilities, of which there are now five. Among them was a Level 9 and 10 champion on floor in 2000 and a Level 10 runner-up on floor in 2001.

Eaton resides in Fountain Hills with her husband Geoff Eaton and her sons Jeff and Jagger.

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