Norman Earl Smith
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Sport: Baseball, Basketball, Football (1937-39)
Coaches: Bo Farley, J.D. Alexander, Gordon Gilbert
Positions: Basketball Coach (1959-63), Baseball Coach (1963-72)
Norman Earl Smith, known by most people as Earl, is in every sense of the word a
"true East Carolina Pirate." Smith was involved in the ECU athletics department as a
either a player or coach for 43 years.
Smith attended East Carolina from 1936-39 and participated in baseball,
basketball, and football from his sophomore year through his senior year.
Upon graduating in 1939, Smith came back 20 years later to ECU to become head
coach of the Pirate basketball team. The Pirates were 53-40 in his four years of
In 1963, after finishing the basketball season, Smith turned to the baseball field.
Smith led East Carolina to a very impressive record of 185-103-2 in nine years. Of
those 186 victories, Smith took East Carolina to four first place finishes in the Southern
Conference in four consecutive years (1966-70). Coach Smith had a career winning percentage of .642.
Smith later became a professional baseball scout for the San Diego Padres.
Smith passed way in August, 2012.