|26 George Whitfield|
George Whitfield returns to the Pirate program as an assistant coach, a role that he occupied from 1997-2002 under former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair.
A well-respected member of the coaching community for over 42 years, Whitfield brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Pirate program.
Before joining the ECU staff, Whitfield, who has directed the Wayne County Baseball Clinic for the past 33 years, established a tremendous list of accomplishments as a head baseball coach on the legion, high school, and collegiate level. Under his guidance, Whitfield's teams won four high school state championships and four legion state titles while pushing his record as a head coach to 954- 286.
A n o t h e r aspect of Whitfield's career has been in an administrative role, as he has been the athletics director at Richmond Senior High School (1980-90) and Mount Olive College (1990-93).
Whitfield was also the athletics director and first baseball coach at Pitt Community College from 1994 to 1996. Under his guidance, Pitt started off with a 34-16 mark in its first season of existence.
For the outstanding programs that he has built, Whitfield has won conference coach-of-the-year awards seven times, as well as being named National Coachof- the-Year in 1969 and '74. The success his teams have seen has also led to Whitfield's induction into the Goldsboro High School, North Carolina High School Athletic Association, American Baseball Coaches Association and United States Achievement Academy Halls of Fame. In 1999, Whitfield was also inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and in 2005 was inducted in the the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
Whitfield has also served as head coach for the South in the 1983 National Sport Festival as well as the 1986 North Carolina State Games, in which his team won the gold medal.
Along with his experience, Whitfield brings a great enthusiasm and love of baseball to the ECU program, along with a knowledge unsurpassed in the community or state.
Whitfield, 69, earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from East Carolina in 1959 and his master's degree in the same from Mississippi State in 1977. He has one son, Gef, and one daughter, Tyler.