Former ECU player, coach Ed Emory dies

Posted January 4, 2013
Updated January 5, 2013

Ed Emory

— Former East Carolina head football coach Ed Emory died Thursday at the age of 74.

Emory posted a 26-29 record in five seasons at ECU and guided the Pirates to their first ever AP Top-25 final ranking at No. 20 following an 8-3 season in 1983. The three losses in the 1983 season were to Florida State, Florida and Miami by a combined 13 points.

A Lancaster, S.C., native, Emory played guard for ECU from 1956-59 where he was a three-time all-conference performer and was named to the third-team All-America his senior season.

Emory was inducted into the ECU sports Hall of Fame in 2003. After his coaching days in Greenville, Emory coached at Richmond County High School. 

Funeral arrangements are still pending.


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  • gloriah Jan 5, 2013

    Coach Emory was one the best coaches that Wadesboro Tigers and the Bearcats had. He was always upbeat, took the time to listen and always had a kind word for anyone he came in contact with. Wadesboro will surely miss this great man. You now have the rest you so deserve and we will never forget you.

  • jgreeneman Jan 4, 2013

    His eventual termination at ECU caused an uproar the likes of which unparalleled in those parts. Ed commented soon after with all the support encircling about him he thought he'd died and gone to heaven. Today he has but his heart will always be in the right place as it was in life. A purple and gold patriot sailed over the mane, never to be forgotten.

  • VT1994Hokie Jan 4, 2013

    I truly hate to read this one. I met Coach Emory when I was a high school principal. Two times I talked to him as principal at two schools. His team at Richmond High School kicked both of my schools. Nice guy with loads of football knowledge. He could have coached any team from high school to the collegiate football. He loved coaching in the high school level. I last talked to him before the Charlotte Indep. HS game at Richmond HS. I was in the press box with the HS principal, Ralph Roberson, and went down to the field. He was in a golf cart then. His knees gave out. One of the all-time best coaches in our State. God bless Coach Ed, and all of his family members.

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