Dr. Ray Pennington
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Sports: Football (1953-57), Baseball (1953-57)
Coaches: Jack Boone (Football), Earl Smith and Jim Mallory (Baseball)
Dr. Ray Pennington excelled in both football and baseball for the Pirates from
1953-57. A four-year letterman in football, he was named all-conference his junior and
senior seasons. As a senior co-captain he was named the Most Outstanding Senior,
best blocker and the winner of the Lanche Trophy.
He was also a four-year letterman in baseball, starting all four years for the
Pirates. Pennington was also named Dean's list. He graduated from ECU with a
bachelor's of science in physical education in 1957 and later received his master's of education
from North Carolina and earned a doctorate in education administration from Duke
He served as a physical education instructor and assistant football coach and golf
coach for the Pirates from 1961-63 and then began his association with Pembroke
State University in 1963, where he currently serves as a professor of physical