Cary Eades is in his 15th season on the Fighting Sioux coaching staff, having served two different stints under head coaches Dave Hakstol and John "Gino" Gasparini.
Eades was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2006-07 season after serving as an assistant in his first year back with his alma mater.
Involved in all aspects of the Sioux program, Eades' primary responsibilities with UND include coaching the team's defensemen and the power play, an area in which he has a great deal of expertise as both a coach and player. Last season, UND's 23.3 percent power play efficiency during league play led the WCHA, and its overall clip of 22.9 percent ranked second.
The Sioux have led the WCHA in overall power play efficiency twice (2008-09 & 2006-07) during Eades' second tenure, while consistently producing one of the most formidable units in the country. UND's power play has ranked among the top eight nationally in four of the last six years under Eades, ranking eighth last season.
In addition to his UND coaching duties, Eades is heavily involved with USA Hockey. He has worked numerous national festivals and in August 2006, he was named head coach for USA Hockey's Under-17 team that participated in the Three Nation's Tournament in Rochester, N.Y.
Prior to joining the UND staff in 2004, Eades spent the previous 11 seasons (from 1994 to 2004) as head coach of the boys hockey team at Warroad (Minn.) High School. A former UND player, Eades led Warroad to three Minnesota state class "A" championships and posted a 237-62-6 (.787) overall record.
This is Eades' second stint on the UND coaching staff. Eades previously was an assistant coach for the 1987 NCAA and WCHA champion Sioux while serving as a member of former UND head coach Gino Gasparini's staff for seven seasons (1984-91).
Prior to that, Eades played hockey at North Dakota for four seasons (1978-82), playing on two UND national championship teams (1980 and 1982) and three WCHA championship teams (1979, 1980, 1982). He was UND's team captain his senior season (1981-82).
Eades played in 144 games for the Sioux, scoring 85 goals and 79 assists for 164 points. His 85 career goals are tied for ninth on the all-time Sioux list. UND compiled a 117-47-3 record during Eades four years of college. After his college playing career, Eades played professional hockey for two seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization.
At Warroad, Eades led his team to seven Section 8 championships and two state runnerup finishes in addition to the three state championships. He was the 1996 Minnesota State High School Coach of the Year and a three-time Section 8 Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking over at Warroad, Eades spent two seasons as general manager and coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The Saints qualified for the national junior tournament both seasons under Eades and were the 1993 national junior champions. At Dubuque, Eades posted an overall win/loss record of 86-46-7 (.647).
Eades is the proud father of daughters Alexandra (18), who is a freshman at UND, and Erica (13), and son Edward (15).