|28 Billy Godwin|
Skipper Led Pirate Program For Nine Seasons
Senior Becomes Programs 25th All-America Selection
Hunter Allen's Bases Loaded Walk Helps Pirates Advance In C-USA Baseball Championships
Senior Becomes The 11th Recipient Of The Honorary Jersey
Right-Hander Is First Freshman To Garner Honors Since 2009
Billy Godwin just completed his ninth season as the head baseball coach at East Carolina University, where he ranks second all-time in wins (317). After officially taking over the reigns of the Pirate ship on Oct. 28, 2005, Godwin has guided the Pirates to a 317-215-1 (.597) nine-year record, which includes wins over nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton, Houston, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Rice, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tulane, Virginia, UCF and UNC Wilmington.
In nine seasons, the fourth-longest tenured skipper in school history, Godwin guided the Pirates to five NCAA Regional appearances and in 2009 advanced to their first Super Regional since 2004, when ECU claimed the Greenville Regional title by defeating South Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. He became just the second ECU coach to record three straight 40-plus win seasons (Keith LeClair, 1999-2002) after posting a league-best 46-20 mark that led to the 2009 Conference USA regular season crown.
During his tenure with the Pirates, Godwin has managed to play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country recording a 183-100 (.647) ledger and facing perennial post-season clubs Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Elon, New Mexico State, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, St. John's, UCLA, UNC Wilmington and Virginia just to name a few.
The 2009 Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year recipient, Godwin guided ECU to four 40-win seasons tying former skipper Keith LeClair for the most in program history, and his squads averaged 35 wins a season during his nine full years as the head coach.
For his career, Godwin boasts an overall head-coaching record of 579-299-1 in 15 years making head-coaching stops at Louisburg College (262-85) and ECU. Godwin came to Greenville, N.C. in June of 2005 as the Pirates pitching coach and was named interim head coach on Oct. 10 before being named the permanent skipper on Oct. 28. In April of 2012 he earned his 500th career win as a head coach when his squad posted a 10-3 victory over Houston.
|Born||Nov. 19, 1964
|High School||Northern Nash (N.C.), 1982
|College||Atlantic Christian College, 1986 (B.A.)
East Carolina University, 1995 (M.E.)
|High School||Northern Nash (N.C.) HS (1979-82)|
|College||Atlantic Christian College (1983-86)|
|1987-88||Northern Nash HS, assistant coach|
|1988-90||N.C. Wesleyan College, assistant coach|
|1991-97||Enfield (N.C.) Academy, head coach|
|1997-99||Cary (N.C.) Academy, head coach|
|1999-2005||Louisburg College, head coach|
|2005||East Carolina University, assistant coach|
|2005-present||East Carolina University, head coach|
|1994||N.C. Independent School|
|2001-05||Region X Regular Season|
|2002||Region X Tournament|
|2005||Region X Tournament|
|2009||Conference USA Regular Season|
|1994-95||N.C. High School Coach-of-the-Year|
N.C. Baseball Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year
|2007||N.C. Baseball Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year|
|2009||Keith LeClair Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year|
|HEAD COACHING RECORD
|Career||15 Seasons||579-299-1 (.659)||133-113-1 (.541)|
In the Greenville community, Godwin's teams have spent countless hours giving back through visits to local hospitals, elementary schools and community service work through fundraisers.
Many of Godwin's players have had tremendous success during his tenure as the head coach, 41 different Pirates have earned all-conference honors on 55 different occasions, including 21 first-team selections. Fourteen claimed all-freshman honors, while six have earned player-of-the-year specialty awards in Justin Bristow (Newcomer-2008), Chris Heston (Newcomer-2009), Corey Kemp (Player-2008), Seth Maness (Freshman-2008; Pitcher-2010) and Zach Woods (Newcomer-2010) during Godwin's tenure at ECU.
Nationally, eight of Godwin's players received All-American recognition including a pair off his 2009 squad in Kyle Roller and Ryan Wood. A total of six players have been selected to 17 All-America teams, while four have been named Freshman All-American, and Jake Smith claimed the 2006 Johnny Bench Award for the nation's top collegiate catcher.
Professionally, Major League Baseball teams have spent 33 draft picks on East Carolina players since 2006, including six top eight round selections in Mike Wright (third/2011), Bristow (fifth/2008), Jack Reinheimer (fifth/2013), Devin Harris (eighth/2009), Shane Mathews (eighth/2007) and Roller (eighth/2010). Five of his former players were on Spring Training rosters in 2014, and currently 14 are playing professional with seven suiting up for Double-A clubs or higher.
Maness became Godwin's first Pirate to get the call to the show on Apr. 13th with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he made his Major League debut on May 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers tossing an inning of scoreless relief.
Off the field, ECU baseball has produced unprecedented success in the classroom, as 72 of his players have combined to earn 180 C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition (20 Academic Medal Winners). Seven of those players have earned C-USA All-Academic status.
EAST CAROLINA TEAM CAPSULES
2014 (33-25, 16-14 C-USA/T-5th Place)
Finished tied for fifth in the C-USA standings earning the sixth seed in the C-USA Championships ... Became first team in school history to post a series win over nationally ranked Rice taking a three-game set from the Owls in Houston ... Followed that with a home-and-home series sweep over in-state rival North Carolina - its first since 1994 ... Five players garnered All-Conference USA honors in Zach Houchins, Drew Reynolds and Ryan Williams ... Rookies Bryce Harman and Charlie Yorgen were named to all-freshman squad ... Highlighted by an upperclassmen heavy pitching staff, ECU could be seen all over the leagues individual standings with Williams ranking in the top-10 in 10 different categories ... Senior Brett Mabry stood fifth in opposing batting average (.216) and ninth in ERA (2.02), while junior Jeff Hoffman was sixth in strikeouts (72) before suffering a season-ending injury ... The Latham, N.Y. native earned three National Pitcher-of-the-Week honors in 2014, and a pair of C-USA weekly honors ... Junior Tyler Bolton closed out his season with a 2.42 ERA and held opponents to a .46 batting average - both good enough for 10th place in the league ... As a team, the Pirates ranked 26th nationally in ERA (2.86), 40th in double plays (50), 49th in strikeout to walk ratio (2.29), and 52nd in shutouts (five) ... Williams, an All-American candidate, ranked among the national leaders in six pitching categories including strikeout to walk ratio (6th/7.78) and wins (11th/10), while two-time all-conference performer Zach Houchins stands 21st nationally in hits (81) ... Houchins, who led the league with 84 hits, stood 20th in the NCAA in base knocks.
2013 (31-26, 14-10 C-USA/3rd Place)
Ranked 15th nationally in double plays (57), 45th in fielding percentage (.974) and 54th in home runs (33) ... Individually, Drew Reynolds, a 2014 Louisville Slugger All-American, ranked 14th in the country in saves (14), while Chase McDonald was 44th in home runs (11) - both leading Conference USA ... Mentored six All-Conference USA performers including McDonald and Reynolds, who were first-team selections ... Zach Houchins along with sophomore Jeff Hoffman and redshirt freshman David Lucroy were second-team honorees, while Lucroy and Travis Watkins were named to the all-freshman squad ... Houchins ranked second in the league in doubles (18), fourth in slugging percentage (.513) and sixth in RBI (42) ... He finished second on the team in both slugging and RBI behind teammate and C-USA leader McDonald ... Hoffman, who entered the season as the Pirates top weekend hurler, finished among the league leaders in innings pitched (109.2) and strikeouts (82) ... In his first year of action with the Pirates, Lucroy posted a 2.49 ERA allowing 31 runs (20 earned) and held opposing batters to just a .194 clip - all ranking among the league leaders ... The right-hander, who earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors, closed out his freshman campaign ranked 22nd nationally in fewest hits allowed and strikeouts per nine innings.
2012 (36-24-1, 13-10-1 C-USA/6th Place)
Looking to fill the void after losing five hurlers from the 2011 squad, which included two-third's of its weekend rotation, Godwin guided the Pirates to its 12th NCAA postseason appearance in the last 14 years garnering a No. 2 seed at the 2012 Chapel Hill Regional ... The Pirates put together another solid club highlighted by seven All-Conference USA performers, five of which were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft and spent 12 weeks in the national polls ... ECU ranked among the NCAA leaders in hits (29th/626), batting average (42nd/.295), ERA (43rd/3.35) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (43rd/2.41) ... Junior Andy Smithmyer (1.92) and senior Kevin Brandt (2.12) ranked 13th and 32nd nationally in ERA, while fellow upperclassman Tyler Joyner finished his junior campaign ranked 18th in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (1.17) and 21st in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.67) ... Junior John Wooten led the team in average (.338), home runs (nine), slugging percentage (.502), runs (50), total bases (119), while sharing the team lead in RBI (40), becoming the first Pirate since Darryl Lawhorn (2003) to claim the Triple Crown.
2011 (41-21, 14-10 C-USA/3rd Place)
After a year hiatus from postseason play, Godwin guided the Pirates to their third NCAA Regional final in six seasons against overall No. 1 seed Virginia in the 2011 Charlottesville Regional ... His club spent seven weeks in the national polls which culminated in a pair of top-30 final rankings (No. 25/ Baseball America and No. 29/ National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) ... Sported the seventh-lowest ERA (2.67) in the nation behind a trio of all-conference hurlers including four-time first-team selection Seth Maness, who became the school's all-time wins (38) and strikeout (334) leader ... Rounding out his stellar rotation was two-time All C-USA selections Kevin Brandt (second-team) and Brad Mincey (second-team), as well as third-round draft pick Mike Wright.
2010 (15-27, 11-13 C-USA/6th Place)
The Pirates spent 10 weeks in the national polls - extending their school-record to 29 consecutive weeks dating back to the beginning of 2009 - climbing as high as No. 10 by Rivals.com ... He tutored a quintet of all-conference performers, which included C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year in Seth Maness, who along with Kyle Roller were named first-team all-conference ... Zach Woods became the third-straight Pirate to earn Newcomer-of-the-Year honors ... On field actual record was 32-27 - 17 wins vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
2009 (46-20, 17-7 C-USA/1st Place)
ECU spent 19 consecutive weeks in the national polls ... Hosted its first-ever on-campus regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium where they defeated South Carolina in extra innings on Devin Harris's walk-off single that scored Kyle Roller from second ... The win advanced the Pirates to their third Super Regional appearance in school history (Chapel Hill Super Regional) ... ECU had one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, finishing with a NCAA-best 814 hits and ranking among the national leaders in runs (4th/565), doubles (6th/154), home runs (7th/108), slugging percentage (12th/.546) and batting average (15th/.339), while also leading C-USA (all games) with a .415 on-base percentage, 523 RBI and 1,310 total bases and a .971 fielding percentage ... The Pirates picked up regular season wins over No. 1 Rice and No. 1 North Carolina on the year, the latter coming in a 4-0 shutout in Greenville ... Seven players earned all-conference honors (five on first-team) with Kyle Roller and Ryan Wood taking home All-America accolades and southpaw Kevin Brandt was named Freshman All-America ... Five players taken in MLB First-Year Player Draft including Roller's eighth round selection to the New York Yankees ... Chris Heston was named C-USA Newcomer-of-the-Year, while Wood finished second in the player-of-the-year voting.
2008 (42-21, 13-11 C-USA/5th Place)
The Pirates garnered a No. 2 seed at the 2008 Conway Regional ...Ranked as high as No. 21 in the national polls and produced one of the most productive offensive seasons in C-USA history (all games) leading the league in nine categories including average (.317), hits (702), RBI (464), runs (498), slugging percentage (.499) and on-base percentage (.408) ... For the second consecutive season the Pirates ranked first in home runs belting 89 to follow-up on its 2007 league leading 68 ... Five players earned all-conference honors highlighted by Player-of-the-Year Corey Kemp, Freshman-of-the-Year Seth Maness and Newcomer-of-the-Year Justin Bristow ... Bristow anchored four Pirates who were taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft with his fifth round selection to the Chicago Cubs.
2007 (40-23, 14-9 C-USA/2nd Place)
Godwin was named N.C. Baseball Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year ...Guided the Pirates to a return trip to NCAA Regional play (No. 2 seed Chapel Hill), as well as a second place finish in both the Conference USA regular season and Tournament Championship ... ECU also made a return appearance in the national polls where they spent nine weeks ranked in the top 30 with its highest rank at No. 19 by Baseball America on March 26 ... Harrison Eldridge and Shane Mathews earned first-team all-conference honors, while a trio of players in T.J. Hose, Dale Mollenhauer and Ryan Tousley were named to the second-team.
2006 (33-26, 10-14 C-USA/6th Place)
Senior catcher Jake Smith walked away with the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher ... A second-team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA, Smith led the squad in seven offensive categories including average, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage, while ranking second in home runs with 13 ... Smith (first-team) and Ryan Wood (all-freshman) were the lone Pirates to take home C-USA postseason honors.
Godwin arrived at ECU as an assistant coach June 9, 2005 after six seasons as head coach of Louisburg (N.C.) College ... Named interim head coach on Oct. 10 and became ECU's 10th skipper on Oct. 28.
Posted an impressive 262-85 (.755) overall record. During the 2005 season, Godwin guided the Hurricanes to Region X regular season and tournament titles on his way to earning Region X Coach-of-the-Year honors. The 2005 Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 49-13 record and stood sixth nationally in the NJCAA Division I final regular season poll. In 2004, the Hurricanes went 40-18 and claimed the top seed at the Region X Tournament before finishing the campaign as a regional finalist.
After taking the helm at Louisburg College in the fall of 1999, Godwin kept the Hurricanes in the national spotlight by averaging 43 wins per season. The Hurricanes finished with a school-record 51-11 mark in 2002 and made their 10th trip to the College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. During his tenure at Louisburg, Godwin earned Region X and Eastern District Coach-of-the-Year honors, received the North Carolina College Coach-of-the-Year award in 2002, and saw 10 players sign professional contracts, including current Major Leaguer Josh Rupe (Baltimore Orioles).
PRIOR TO LOUISBURG COLLEGE
Godwin served as athletic director and head baseball coach at Cary (N.C.) Academy.
In 1991, Godwin was named athletic director and head baseball coach at Enfield (N.C.) Academy where he guided the Patriots to a 131-57 overall record, with five consecutive conference championships, four straight Final Four appearances and a state title in 1994.
Godwin spent two seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1989 and 1990, working under the direction of current UNC-Chapel Hill Head Coach Mike Fox. His efforts helped guide the Bishops to the 1989 Division III National Championship and a third place finish a year later.
After starring in baseball at Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount, N.C., Godwin signed an athletic scholarship to pitch at Atlantic Christian College in 1982. He captured 19 wins during his career with the Bulldogs, helping to lead them to two District 26 regular season crowns. He was named team captain in his senior year and won the Kiwanis Award for the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete in 1986. While at Atlantic Christian, he played for Dave Jauss, who has served as a coach at the Major League level and is currently with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Godwin earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Atlantic Christian in 1986 before following with a master's degree in education from East Carolina University in 1995. He is married to the former Sharon Smith of Rocky Mount, N.C., and the couple has one daughter (Mallory).