Hometown: Rockingham, N.C.
Sports: Football (1957-59)
Positions: Freshman Football Coach (1968-70)
Golf & Tennis Coach (1972-75)
Director of Athletics (1975-80)
Coach: Jack Boone
The Pirate Athletics Director from 1975 to 1980, Bill Cain has been the only ECU
alumnus to serve in that capacity. Cain's relationship with East Carolina spanned more than
four decades as a student-athlete, coach, administrator, and educator. An offensive
and defensive end for the 1957-59 Pirate football teams, Cain served as co-captain on
the 1959 squad, earning All-Carolina's conference honors.
Cain earned both a bachelor's and master's degree at East Carolina. After coaching
and teaching in the high school ranks, Cain returned to ECU in 1968 as head freshman
football coach and recruiter. Over the next several years he held various coaching and
administrative positions within the athletics department and was named Director of
Athletics in 1975.
Under Cain's leadership, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium underwent a major expansion
project in 1977-78, boosting capacity from 20,000 to 35,000 and adding a modern
scoreboard. Cain also played key roles in the development of the ECU Athletics Hall of
Fame and the Pirate Club.