Senior Becomes The 10th Recipient Of The Honorary Jersey
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Former Pirate and two-time honorary No. 23 jersey recipient Austin Homan returns for his second season as East Carolina's Director of Operations, where he will handle a variety of administrative duties, including team travel, game day organization, summer and winter camps, special events coordination and community outreach, a position he accepted on Jan. 9, 2012.
The State College, Pa. native helped the Pirates to three NCAA Regional appearances (2008-09, 2011), one Super Regional (2009), a combined 144-89 record and became the first two-time recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey, which was the number worn by ECU head coach Keith LeClair throughout his coaching and playing career. Homan, a two-time team captain and four-year letter winner, started 60-of-132 games where he batted .304 (84-for-276) with 61 RBI, 13 doubles and 52 runs scored.
Limited in action in 2011 with an injury, Homan started 10-of-28 games batting .236 (13-for-55) with nine RBI, eight runs and belted his second career home run against Delaware State on May 13, where he was 1-for-3 with three RBI and scored a pair of runs.
During his junior campaign, he established career-highs in hits (40), doubles (7), RBI (28) and belted his first collegiate home run against Conference USA foe Tulane as the Pirates top utility man. He played in 43 games (33 starts) batting .313, which ranked fifth on the team.
In 2009 he was a member of the Super Regional squad that posted a 46-20 record, claimed the regular season C-USA title with a 17-7 conference record. The Pirates tied a school-record by spending 19 consecutive weeks in the national polls, which started on Jan. 13 with a No. 27 preseason ranking by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and closed the year garnering Top 20 rankings in six final polls. Homan played in 43 games batting .354 (28-for-79) with five doubles, 19 RBI and 24 runs scored.
After redshirting in 2007, he made his collegiate debut against No. 2 South Carolina in the 2008 season opener as a pinch hitter where he drew a walk and later scored. On the season he batted .214 (3-for-14) in 18 games with five RBI.
Off the field Homan was a five-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recipient, an 11-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll selection and was named to the 2011 C-USA Baseball All- Academic Team. Homan earned his bachelor's degree in health fitness management (2010) and his master's in parks administration.
He is engaged to Brittany Cassell of Mathews, N.C. The couple is to be married in December, 2013.