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Following an impressive four-year career on the diamond for the Pirates, former Trent Whitehead enters his first season as East Carolina's Student Assistant Coach, a position he took in September of 2011. He will work directly with the outfielders and coach first base during the 2012 season.
A two-time All-Conference USA selection, Whitehead helped the Pirates to three NCAA Regional appearances (2008-09, '11), one Super Regional (2009), the 2009 C-USA regular season title and a combined 138-92 record, which included three 40-win seasons.
During his four-year career, Whitehead cemented himself as a fan favorite with his fearless play and hustle on the field as well as his ability to find ways to get on base, which earned him Williams' Jungle Offensive MVP in 2009. He started 204 of 236 games for the Pirates boasting a .338 average with 290 hits, 18 home runs, 122 RBI, 196 runs and made only four errors 470 chances for a .991 fielding percentage - ranking among the all-time leaders in school history.
As a second-team All C-USA selection his senior year, Whitehead finished second on the team with a .325 batting average with four home runs and 29 RBI and ranked among the C-USA leaders in doubles (3rd/20), hits (5th/80), stolen bases (8th/17) and total bases (8th/114) helping the Pirates to the Charlottesville Regional finals and a pair of end of the year national rankings.
Heading into his junior year, Whitehead garnered preseason All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Ping!Baseball, while also being tabbed preseason First-Team All C-USA. Although the he didn't perform up to his tough standards, Whitehead once again ranked among the league leaders offensively batting .331 with four home runs, 31 RBI, 15 doubles, 51 runs and 15 stolen bases.
In 2009, Whitehead was the table setter for one of the most prolific offenses in the country helping the Pirates to on NCAA-best 814 hits. Not only did the Pirates claim its first regular season C-USA title, but also earned a No. 1 seed and hosted the NCAA Greenville Regional inside Clark-LeClair Stadium and closed the season out participating in their third Super Regional. Whitehead, a second-team All C-USA selection, set a new single-season school record for hits (105) and at-bats (279) and ranked among the national leaders in hits, (4th), runs (12th), doubles (17th) and total bases (47th). During the Greenville Regional, he was named the Most Outstanding Player after batting .381 (8-for-21) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and five runs scored. The left-handed hitter closed the season batting .376 (105-for-279) with seven home runs, 47 RBI, 78 runs, 24 doubles and two triples.
As a freshman he started 22 of 58 games batting .273 (24-for-88) with three home runs, 15 RBI, 22 runs scored and made his collegiate debut against No. 2 South Carolina in the season opener and started the first of 204 career games against Monmouth on March 1 in left field.
The Washington, N.C. native is expected to graduate in May of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in health fitness management.