Latear Eason was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Coming out of high school Latear was one of the best basketball players in the country. Latear played her high school ball at John Hope College Preparatory, averaging 19.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals per game, and shot 54.0 percent from the floor as a junior at John Hope College Preparatory. Recruiting service scout.com had Latear listed as a 4-star athlete, ranked number two guard in Illinois, and ranked twenty-nine in the country at her position. Going into her senior season she was the top nominee for Miss Basketball of Illinois, a McDonald’s All-American nominee, All-State first-team selection, and a run at a City and State Championship was at stake. Latear missed her senior season due to a season ending injury.
Latear was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter from 2007-2011 at Louisiana State University. She played under Hall of Fame Coach Van Chancellor and reached the Final Four in 2008. Despite facing several injuries throughout her collegiate career, Latear was able to bounce back and recover from all of her injuries. During her career, LSU compiled a 90-40 record winning at least 19 games each season. She reached the NCAA Tournament three times at LSU and her team was crowned SEC regular season champions in 2008.
Latear served as an assistant coach on LeMoyne-Owen College women’s basketball staff from 2013-2016. Latear served as an assistant coach on Kentucky State University women’s basketball staff from 2016-2020. Latear was named interim head women’s basketball coach for the second half of the 2019-2020 season at Kentucky State University.
Latear earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, majoring in communication studies with a minor in sports studies. She earned her Master of Science degree in recreation and sport with a concentration in athletic administration and coaching from Western Kentucky University. Latear has a daughter named Naomi Karamoko. Latear recently published an inspirational memoir entitled “A Life of Wins and Losses” that is now available to purchase on Amazon.