Clarence Stasavich, known as a mastermind of the single-wing offense, came to ECU in 1962 as head football coach. He held that position for eight years and compiled a 50-27-1 record. In 1969, Stasavich was the third-winningest active coach in the country, ranked behind Bear Bryant of Alabama and Johnny Vaught of Ole Miss.
Stasavich took East Carolina to three consecutive bowl games from 1963-65. In 1966, he guided East Carolina to the Southern Conference title. In 1964, he was voted as the NAIA Coach-of-the-Year while leading the Pirates to a 9-1 record and a win in the Tangerine Bowl.
His devotion to the Southern Conference resulted in that league's annual football championship trophy being named the Clarence Stasavich Memorial Trophy.
Stasavich took on the role of athletic director in 1963. Under his direction, East Carolina transistioned into a Division I school in football. Stasavich passed away on October 24, 1975, the day before his long-time dream came true, an East Carolina victory over the University of North Carolina.
Coach Stasavich was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in 1970, the National Association of Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Florida Citrus Bowl Hall of Fame in 1986.