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East Carolina

General Information

Greenville, N.C.
Purple and Gold
Dr. Steve Ballard
Athletics Director:
Jeff Compher

Website: www.ecupirates.com
East Carolina Pirates

Conference History: Has been a member of Conference USA since 2001
Proper References:
East Carolina, ECU

Athletic Highlights: Football has been to 12 bowl games, most recently the News Orleans Bowl in 2012 against Louisiana. Men’s basketball was the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament champions. Baseball has advanced to NCAA Regionals 12 out of the last 13 years. Since 1951, ECU has produced over 100 Major League Baseball players. ECU has had many players enter into the NFL, including Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, N.Y. Giants DT Linval Joseph, free agent FB Vonta Leach and Pro Bowl QB Jeff Blake.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: Leads Conference USA in football attendance with an average of 46,529. Ranked 45th in football attendance nationally in 2012 with a 47,013 average.

Notable Alumni:

  • RICK ATKINSON - Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
  • JEFF BLAKE - Former NFL Quarterback
  • SANDRA BULLOCK - Oscar-winning actress
  • RON CLARK - Former Disney Teacher of the Year and author of the best-selling "The Essential 55"
  • BETH GRANT - Actress
  • CHRIS JOHNSON - Running back, Tennessee Titans
  • VONTA LEACH - Fullback, NFL
  • VINCE & LINDA McMAHON - Owners of WWE
  • ROBERT MORGAN - Former U.S. Senator
  • EMILY PROCTER - Actress
  • SANDRA MIMS ROWE - Editor of The Oregonian (Portland)
  • KEVIN WILLIAMSON - Creator of "Scream", "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Dawson's Creek"
  • KAY YOW - Highly successful women's basketball coach
Sponsored Sports:
Men (9) - Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Swimming/ Diving, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field       
Women (10) - Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball