EATON — The Eaton Community Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Bob Madden as the next boys varsity basketball coach on June 27.
Madden brings over 30 years of coaching experience at various levels to the Eagles, having most recently served as the boys varsity assistant coach for Bellbrook High School during the 2015-16 season.
Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Bellbrook, Madden was the head coach at the Miami Valley School in Dayton for seven seasons, from 1998-2005. He also held the positions of athletic director, dean of students, PE teacher and math teacher during his tenure at MVS.
Starting with the 2006-07 season, Madden piloted the start of the boys basketball program at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Florida where he served as head coach through the 2013-14 season.
“I can’t wait to coach the Eaton Eagles and develop a program the community will be proud of,” Madden said. “We will work hard as one unit to build our program up and one of our goals will be to battle for the top of the SWBL.”
Madden has a combined varsity record of 212 wins and 117 losses and has been named “Coach of the Year” eight times by various organizations. He is a graduate of Miamisburg High School as well as the University of Dayton and Wright State University.
Madden replaces John Tollefson, who resigned after one season leading the Eagles. Tollefson submitted his letter of resignation on June 14.
“This letter it to notify you of my resignation as the boys’ head varsity basketball coach at Eaton High School. With a heavy heart, I am resigning from the position to provide a better situation for my family,” Tollefson wrote in his resignation letter.
“Eaton has been a great experience for me! I was given phenomenal support, direction and leadership from Eric Silverman and the Eaton Administration as a while. I would also like to than Dr. Curry and the Eaton School Board members that showed support for me during me time at Eaton. there are many special boys in the basketball program. They are not only skilled basketball players but great young men, as well. The wonderful staff, students and community of Eaton will always have a special place in my heart. I will be pulling for the success of Eaton athletics, schools and community. I hope that I am leaving the Eaton boys’ basketball programs in an improved state than prior to my arrival.”
“We appreciate all of the time and energy that Coach Tollefson invested into our Boys Basketball program while serving as our Head Coach and wish him well going forward,” Eaton Athletic Director Eric Silverman said.