Senior Becomes The 11th Recipient Of The Honorary Jersey
Homan Played On Three NCAA Regional Teams For ECU
Former Pirate baseball standout Brian Cavanaugh returns for his fifth season as East Carolina's Director of Baseball Operations in charge of handling the day-to-day operations, a position he took on Dec. 19, 2006.
The Monroe, Conn. native and four-year letter winner helped the Pirates to four NCAA Regional appearances (2002-05), one Super Regional (2004), a combined 163-86-2 record and became the third recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey which was the number worn by ECU head coach Keith LeClair throughout his coaching and playing career.
The number is awarded annually to a deserving player who best displays the hustle, determination and desire that made LeClair a great coach and player.
As a first-team All-Conference USA selection his senior year, Cavanaugh finished the season with a C-USA leading .382 average, belted seven home runs with 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He led the Pirates in hits (79), total bases (120), triples (4), slugging percentage (.580), on base percentage (.444) and was second in runs scored (50). Cavanaugh was also named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Sporting Goods All-East Regional Team, All American Strength and Conditioning Athlete by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and first-team selection to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Team.
Cavanaugh was selected in the 21st round on day two of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres.
During his junior campaign, he was a member of the 2004 Super Regional squad that posted a school-best 51 wins and collected their first regular season C-USA title with a 25-5 conference record. The Pirates set a conference record with 22-straight wins, included six conference sweeps, and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country and remained ranked in the top-10 of the four major collegiate polls (NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and ESPN/Sports Weekly Coaches) during the second half of the season. Cavanaugh closed out the season with a .200 batting average with one home run in 39 games played.
As a freshman and sophomore, Cavanaugh played in 61 games making 22 starts posting a .222 average.
During his freshman campaign he was a member of the 2002 Conference USA Tournament Championship team that posted a 4-0 record and earned a NCAA Regional bid to the Clemson Regional.
Off the field Cavanaugh was a four-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, eight-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll selection and a two-time PCS Phosphate All-Academic Team (2003-04 and 2004-05) member.
After spending a year in the San Diego Padres farm system (2005-06), he returned to ECU earning his bachelor's degree in physical education (2006) and is currently working toward his master's in health education, where he is scheduled to graduate in May 2011. He is married to the former Shayna Hatrick of Monroe, Conn. and currently resides in Greenville, N.C.
HONARARY NO. 23 RECIPIENTS
2003 - Ben Sanderson
2004 - Jamie Paige
2005 - Brian Cavanaugh
2006 - Adam Witter
2007 - Chris Powell
2008 - Drew Schieber
2009 - Brandon Henderson
2010 - Austin Homan