Defensive Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Chris Eads enters his third year on the Eagle coaching staff and will be coordinating the Eagle defense. Under Coach Eads in 2012, the Eagles broke the school record in tackles for loss (29) while Freshman David Gamboa set the school record for longest interception return for a touchdown (103) . In addition, Eads had a defensive back rank in the top 10 nationally in interceptions for the second straight year as senior Joe Scott seven INTs ranked seventh in the NAIA.
In 2011, the Eagle defense was awarded eight all conference performers and defensive back Tyler Cardwell was ranked 3rd in the Nation with 8 interceptions and Cardwell was also awarded Avila University's first ever BSN All-American Award as a second-team safety.
Coach Eads was previously the linebackers coach at Missouri Western State University for four seasons. While at Missouri Western, Eads coached 3 different players earning all-conference honors, 2 all region selections and one of those being named honorable mention all american.
Coach Eads attended Missouri Western from 1999 to 2003 and was named to the all-MIAA team as a linebacker in his senior season. During his career, Eads started 31 straight games for the Griffons and tallied 195 tackles (placing him eighth all time at Missouri Western) 14.5 tackles for loss and 9 interceptions. Eads was a linebacker at Lathrop High School in Lathrop Missouri where he was an All-State selection at linebacker in 1998. Eads received his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Western.
Eads continued his football career in 2004 and 2005 with the Sioux Falls Storm in Sioux Falls, SD. Capturing the Indoor Football League (IFL) Championship in 2005 with the Storm. Eads moved over to play for the Omaha Beef in Omaha, NE for three seasons. Eads was voted captain for all three seasons with Omaha and named to the all-IFL Team as a linebacker in 2006.