Joe Shanabrough, a 1966 East Carolina graduate, was a part of ECU's swimming program's success in the 1960's.
A 1963-64 letterman, Shanabrough became the first ECU NCAA champion, capturing first place in the 400 individual medley in 1964. In that event, he also set the College Division National Record. That same season, Shanabrough earned four All-American honors including the 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly where he finished second, 100 butterfly with a fourth place finish and w as a member of the 400 meter freestyle relay that took fifth place.
Coached by ECU Hall of Famer Ray Martinez, Shanabrough held records in the 400 IM, 200 IM., 200 fly and 500 freestyle.
Following the 1964 season, Shanabrough served as an assitant coach for two years at ECU and helped Martinez train the first ECU team to win a Southern Conference Championship.
Shanabrough received his degree in geography in 1966 and went on to work for the United States Naval Oceanographic Office.
From 1976-79, Shanabrough participated in the Masters Swim Program where he swam in several Master's National Championships and regional meets and achieved Master's All-America recognition in the 200-yard butterfly in 1977.