Clayton McCullough enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for East Carolina. McCullough will work primarily with the Pirate catchers as well as coaching first base.
McCullough, a former Pirate, returns to his alma mater after spending three seasons as a catcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. During his three-year career, he spent time with the Burlington Indians, Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros and Buffalo Bisons. McCullough's best season came during his rookie campaign with Burlington when he batted .278 with three doubles and a career-high eight RBI.
McCullough, who will complete is undergraduate degree in communications this spring, started 140 of 186 collegiate games played at ECU and Vanderbilt. During his three-year career at ECU, he helped the Pirates to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, which included No. 1 regional seeds in 2000 (Lafayette Regional), 2001 (Wilson Regional) as well as the schools first ever National Seed (No. 7) in 2001.
During his senior campaign, McCullough guided the Pirates to their first Conference USA Tournament championship and a No. 2 seed in the Clemson Regional, where he was named to the NCAA All-Regional team.
Throughout his collegiate career, McCullough batted .272 (139-for-512) with 11 home runs and 82 RBI, while earning secondteam All-Colonial Athletic Association honors (junior) and being named to a pair of NCAA All-Region teams.
McCullough, a native of Greenville, N.C., is the son of Howard and Eva McCullough. His father, Howard, lettered in baseball at ECU in 1975-76 and is the head scout for MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks.