ECU, baseball coach Billy Godwin part ways
Posted June 2
Greenville, N.C. — East Carolina has decided not to renew head baseball coach Billy Godwin’s contract after nine years with the program.
The Pirates finished 33-26 (16-14 C-USA) this season and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. ECU has not finished higher than third in their conference since 2009 – when Godwin won the C-USA Coach of the Year.
Godwin, who succeeded Randy Mazey in 2006, posted a 317-215-1 (.596) record at ECU, which includes five NCAA Regional appearances.
“I would like to thank Terry Holland and Nick Floyd for giving me the opportunity to be the head baseball coach nine years ago,” Godwin said. “I am extremely proud of and thankful for all of the players and coaches I have worked with in that time. We have averaged 37 wins a year on the field, graduated players and have 14 former Pirates playing in professional baseball. I will have nothing but great memories about my time spent as a Pirate.”
Director of athletics Jeff Compher said a national search to find a replacement will begin immediately but would not comment on potential candidates until the process has been completed.
“I fully understand the high level of competitive success that is expected of our baseball program at ECU,” Compher said. “It is our intention to hire someone who will build a national program that will graduate our student-athletes and compete for conference and national championships.”
Among the rumored candidates for the position are UNC pitching coach Scott Forbes.
ECU will make the move to the American Athletic Conference next season.