ECU Pirates :: Athletics

ECU Experience

    • Old Cafeteria Building
    • 5th Street Gate
    • Austin Building
    • Bate Building
    • Brewster Building
    • Clock
    • Clock
    • Cupola
    • English Annex
    • Flanagan Building
    • General Classroom
    • Howell Building
    • Joyner Library
    • Joyner Library
    • Joyner Mall
    • Messick Building
    • Pirate Statue
    • Rawl Building
    • School of Art
    • Science Building
    • Sonic Plaza
    • Spilman Building
    • Student Plaza
    • Student Rec Center
    • Todd Building
    • Trustees Fountain
    • Wright Building
    East Carolina University

    East Carolina University is a 107-year-old public university nationally recognized for preparing teachers and primary care physicians and for its cultural and performing arts programs.

    It enrolls more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and is North Carolina's largest producer of education and primary care professionals. It operates the Brody School of Medicine, a new School of Dental Medicine and a growing undergraduate Honors College in Greenville, N.C. The university's motto is Servire, or Service.


    • Military ties: ECU is located near four major military bases, including Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, and in 2010 won the Freedom Award from the United State Department of Defense for its support of military families and serve men and women.

    • Primary Care: The Brody School of Medicine was named the top producer of family physicians in the nation by percentage for the past three years by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The school is a national model for producing family physicians that practice in underserved communities, exceeding its state-set goal for the number of graduates who practice family medicine in North Carolina.

    • Dental Medicine: The innovative approach of our new School of Dental Medicine has also drawn nationwide note. Instead of a traditional fourth year, our dental students will learn in Community Service Learning Centers located in underserved areas statewide to prepare them to practice and be successful in those communities.

    • Economic Muscle: East Carolina's economic impact is estimated at $3 billion statewide, with more than $1.8 billion in eastern North Carolina.

    • A Leader in Preparing Teachers: The Partnership East program, funded by a private sector grant, helps fill an urgent need for teachers in North Carolina's rural classrooms by providing scholarships allowing residents of rural communities to complete senior year teaching internships without leaving home. Seventy-five percent of Partnership East graduates are teaching in North Carolina and 95 percent of those are teaching in eastern North Carolina.

    • National Recognition: East Carolina received the prestigious C. Peter Magrath Award for University/Community Engagement in 2012 from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities for its partnership with and service to the citizens of West Greenville through the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Center.

    • Improving Lives: Dr. Sam Sears, a psychologist and researcher who is the world's authority on cardiac psychology, performs ground-breaking work to help cardiac patients improve their quality of life. His work toward the welfare of the human race won him the highest faculty honor in the UNC system, the O. Max Gardner Award, in 2013.


    East Carolina nurtures a culture of high academic achievement on campus, growing the Honors College from 90 to nearly 400 students in three years. In addition, it integrates public service into the custom learning experience of our highest performing students, immersing them in leadership and learning that requires service projects as part of the Honors College curriculum.

    ECU is a highly diverse campus, with minorities making up 23 percent of its undergraduate and graduate students and 26 percent of its medical and dental students.

    Students are engaged and give back. Some 7,300 East Carolina students contributed 110,300 hours of volunteer service to more than 300 community agencies during the previous academic year.

    Notable East Carolina alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Atkinson and Dan Neil; Emmy Award-winning composer Velton Ray Bunch; actors Sandra Bullock, Beth Grant, and Emily Procter; BB&T chief operating officer Kelly King; former president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Bob Greczyn; former North Carolina secretary of state Janice Faulkner; Kevin Williamson, creator of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Dawson's Creek; former U.S. senator Robert Morgan; Broadway star Manley Pope; and Golden Corral restaurant chain founder James Maynard.

    • Amphitheater
    • Aquarium
    • Art Museum
    • Big Lobby
    • Bridge
    • Free Boot Friday
    • Leo Jenkins Cancer Center
    • Medical Campus
    • Museum of Art
    • Road Race
    • Sportstown USA

    Greenville, N.C.

    Cited as one of the 50 "Best Towns in America" and one of the 50 Best Metro Areas for Quality of Life, Greenville is the commercial, educational, medical, and cultural center of eastern North Carolina. As a university community with a strong business/manufacturing base, the area is characterized by a diversified economic base, a low cost of living, an excellent educational system, a large regional health care complex, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities, and a mild climate.

    Greenville is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Founded as the Town of Martinsborough, Greenville has seen its population grow from just over 29,000 in 1970 to nearly 80,000 in 2009.

    One of the most unique characteristics of the area is the wide assortment of leisure and cultural activities. Parks, rivers, golf courses, historic old towns, coastal sounds, and the famous beaches of the Outer Banks offer many recreational outlets. The presence of the School of Music and the School of Art at ECU provides the cultural diversity of a major metropolitan area. Local amateur musical, theatrical, and dance groups offer more than 200 free performances annually to fill nights and weekends. World-class, professional entertainers perform regularly in clubs and concert facilities. The Wellington B. Gray Gallery on campus and the Greenville Museum of Art house excellent permanent exhibits as well as hosting traveling exhibitions.

    Greenville citizens enjoy outdoor recreation all year long thanks to a moderate climate. There are four distinct seasons, none too harsh to enjoy. Winters are short and usually mild, with the average January temperature around 45 degrees. The long summer is not too hot due to a gentle east ocean breeze making the average July temperature 86 degrees. The proper blend of its people, its technology, and its recreation makes Greenville a great place to be.

    Greenville Facts

    Pitt County Population:168,148
    Avg. winter temperature:44° F
    Avg. summer temperature:84° F
    Avg. rainfall per year:48.24"
    Elevation:75' above sea level
    Land area:34.88 sq. miles

    Athletics Student Development

    East Carolina University Student Development is committed to the success and graduation of our student-athletes by providing extensive services and diverse experiences in order to promote the development of academic achievement, leadership, and personal growth.

    Our Commitments:

    • To assist with the transition into college through academic counseling, orientation, and social activities
    • To support the efforts of every student-athlete to earn a degree
    • To encourage the development of values, emphasizing leadership qualities
    • To enhance interpersonal relationships and communication skills
    • To provide opportunities that instill life skills and ethics
    • To facilitate the fulfillment of career and personal goals of each student-athlete while in school and beyond
    • To safeguard the academic integrity of the University by ensuring compliance with all regulations put forth by the University and NCAA

    Strength & Conditioning

    The Murphy Center, still considered one of the athletic department's newest facilities, is located between Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and Minges Coliseum. It's one of the largest and best-equipped strength and conditioning centers in the country.

    ECU's Board of Trustees approved the project in the spring 1997, thus putting it into the athletics department staff's hands to make this 52,475-square-foot, two-story strength and conditioning/Pirate Club multipurpose center a reality.

    ECU's strength and conditioning programs for its student-athletes are based out of the 22,000-square-foot first floor of the $13 million facility. The weight room has revolutionized the Pirates' strength and conditioning efforts.

    The center opened for workouts in June 2002 and was dedicated at ECU's home football game on September 14, 2002.

    The second floor of the building features a private dining area for recruits as well as a 9,000-square-foot banquet hall and a large terrace with a view of the football stadium for Pirate Club functions.

    Scattered throughout the facility is a stunning array of photomurals, sports memorabilia and trophies.

    Because of its location behind the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium endzone and its connection to Minges Coliseum, the Murphy Center is an ideal place for Pirate Club members to socialize at both football and basketball games.

    East Carolina University's student-athletes train for competition under the direct supervision of Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning Jeff Connors. The 2014-15 full-time strength staff consists of assistants Blaine Kinsley, Dan Millington, Matthew Slachetka and Aaron Walker.


    Athletic Training

    The student-athlete at East Carolina University has the luxury of having one of the most dedicated health care teams in the Southeast. Directed by Mike Hanley, Assistant Director of Athletics for Medical Services, along with trainers Nathan Clark, Ben Crawford, Jake Moore (head football athletic trainer), Jennifer Rangelova, Sharon Rogers, Zac Womack, Ashley Yartin, Tracy Yoshikawa, and team physician Dr. Joe Armen, the ECU Athletic Training program provides every Pirate student athlete the best available care for their injuries. Hanley, the 2009 National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) Trainer-of-the-Year, and his staff are assisted by a wide array of community-based physicians and other health care providers.

    Housed in the Ward Sports Medicine Building adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and Minges Coliseum, the main athletic training room is a modern facility complete with the latest equipment. Satellite athletic training rooms are located in Minges Coliseum, Murphy Strength and Conditioning Center, Clark-LeClair Stadium and the Olympic Sports Complex.

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    Our TV Audience

    Media Attention

    With a long history of extensive live television coverage from local, regional and national telecasts, ECU football is one of the most televised programs in the country.

    Football TV Facts:

    • Since its first regional television appearance in 1972, ECU has posted a 96-89 record while playing in front of a TV audience, including a 40-38 mark on national television and a 22-27 clip on ESPN or ESPN2.
    • In the last five years, ECU has been selected for nearly seven national appearances per season, which includes six each in 2006 and 2007, nine in 2008, eight in 2009 and five in 2010.
    • Over the past 10 years, 77 percent (96 of 125) of the Pirates' games have been broadcast live on a local, regional or national television basis - including 51 of 54 contests from 2007-10.
    • ECU has played in five or more nationally televised games in six of the past 10 years.

    Other Facts:

    • More than 50 games (men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball combined) have appeared on a local, regional or national television since 2007. On a national scale, these programs have appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the CBS College Sports Network, while appearing regionally on Comcast Sports South, Fox Sports South and MASN.
    • Over the last four years, the men's basketball program has averaged eight games a season on television, while the entire schedule along with football and baseball can be heard throughout North Carolina and portions of South Carolina and Virginia on the Pirate IMG Sports Network.
    • In addition to its strong television coverage, ECU Athletics also draws coverage from nearly 40 additional news entities (15-20 local and regional newspapers) on a weekly basis extending its news coverage along the I-95 corridor.