Carla Eades played for Madison Consolidated High School, making it to two sectional championships and one regional. She was part of the 1980 First Team All-State and the Indiana All-Star 1980, as well as playing in the MVP of Indiana All-Star game in Kentucky. Eades is a three-time Academic All-American, three-time Kodak All-American, and made a 1983 Division II final four appearance. She played in the 1984 National Championship, was a 1984 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, and scored more than 2,000 points in career. She graduated all-time leading scorer at Central Missouri State University and rated an invitation to the 1984 Olympic tryouts. Eades was inducted into the Central Missouri State University Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. She was on the 2006 NCAA Division II Silver Anniversary Team and the 2005 Silver Anniversary Team. She has spent fifteen years coaching volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and tennis at various levels.