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Terry Holland to step down as ECU AD

Posted December 12, 2012

— Terry Holland, the athletics director at East Carolina University since 2004, will step down from his position and move into an athletics director emeritus role after his successor is chosen, the school announced Wednesday.

Holland, 70, requested the change in his role, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said in a release. Until a successor is selected, Holland will continue to provide oversight to the athletic department's daily operations. He will report directly to Ballard through Dec. 31, 2014. 

"Terry has served ECU with distinction since 2004 and has been a close colleague and valued leader as we pursued bold goals and strong aspirations for the future,” Ballard said in a statement. “The success of our teams, the growth of our finances, the evolution of world class facilities, and our acceptance into the Big East — all of these goals have greatly benefited from Terry’s energy and vision.”

East Carolina announced in November that it will become a football-only member of the Big East in 2014. 

The school also announced Wednesday that its Olympic Sports Complex, a four-venue facility that opened in 2011, will be named the Terry Holland Olympic Sports Complex. 

Holland said he began speaking with Ballard about the future of East Carolina's athletic department early in 2012 and suggested his status change. 

"It was my suggestion that a move to athletics director emeritus could allow such a transition," he said in a statement. "Over the course of the summer, we exchanged ideas on how that might work with guidance from university attorney Donna Payne.”

Holland took over at ECU in 2004 after serving in a fundraising and marketing role at the University of Virginia. A Clinton native, Holland earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Davidson in 1964 before coaching basketball at Davidson and Virginia for 21 years total. He won 418 games, averaging 19.8 wins per year. 

In his 16 years at Virginia, Holland became the most successful coach in Cavalier history by posting a 326-173 mark.

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  • BenFranklin Dec 12, 11:36 p.m.

    Who can forget the 1976 ACC tournament when #6 seed UVA upset #3 State, #2 Maryland and #1 UNC to win the title, with Holland at the helm. Wally Walker took Walter Davis to task in the final game!

  • Alex25 Dec 12, 7:36 p.m.

    Party at Party U!!! EZU!! Easy U!!! Best school in Pitt county....arguably. There is PCCC...

  • heelsforever Dec 12, 7:35 p.m.

    Very nice man, he called me several times regarding concerns I had about the behavior of ECU... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    I'm sorry, but complaining about opposing fans at a STATE game?!?!?!

  • bullred44 Dec 12, 7:26 p.m.

    Very nice man, he called me several times regarding concerns I had about the behavior of ECU... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    What does an ecu fans' behavior at a state game have to do with a deac fan?

  • Mustang Dec 12, 5:43 p.m.

    Very nice man, he called me several times regarding concerns I had about the behavior of ECU... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    I wonder if you talked to him about the Deacon basketball team behavior in Greenville a few years back?

  • ndcuskue Dec 12, 5:34 p.m.

    Good riddance! Whats his shining light - membership in the Big East?

    — Posted by takeabathgreg

    ...You created a profile just so you could post this dribble? Go away little boy.

  • hovis Dec 12, 4:03 p.m.

    Not sure what Logans' educational background is but ADs' usually are academics first and sports people second. They spend lots of time on fundraising with academic types and other academic things.I think Holland was highly educated.
    Usually it is someone with a major in academics and a minor in sports.

  • wjuliang Dec 12, 3:48 p.m.

    I was listening to Coach Dave Odom a short time ago on the radio with David Glenn. Gentleman was... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    I like Logan but no way is he political enough to hold that position. He'd tick off the first Pirate Clubber that asked him an honest question.

  • baldchip Dec 12, 3:15 p.m.

    I was listening to Coach Dave Odom a short time ago on the radio with David Glenn. Gentleman was the word that kept surfacing. Terry Holland could where a suit and tie and look natural. Not all athletics types can do that well.(Imagine Little E or Dale Earnhardt or Richard Petty in a suit).

    Terry Holland had the skill to listen, think, then respond. What an example he sets for all of us!!!

    Someone earlier metioned a replace ment -Steve Logan-great idea. Logan is a people person-who did good things for ECU-then fell out of grace when he had several loosing seasons. Not everybody can talk with donors-go to their office and request a big check. I think Logan could do that-WE know Terry Holland could.

    Terry Holland-Godspeed!! ENJOY RETIREMENT. You've earned it!

  • r u crazy too Dec 12, 2:49 p.m.

    I've followed Terry Holland's career since his days at Davidson, and the first thing that comes to mind is that he has always been a southern gentleman and class act. I am not a Pirate fan, although my wife is, but I think that Terry has done an outstanding job as AD at ECU. He's going to be hard to replace.

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