During his collegiate baseball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach at Western Carolina University and East Carolina, Keith LeClair was a part of 13 NCAA Tournament teams and earned five conference coach-of-the-year awards.
He officially relinquished his coaching duties June 19, 2002, two weeks after leading the Pirates to their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance before finishing with a 43-20-1 record. LeClair remained with the ECU Department of Athletics as a special assistant to the director of athletics until the time of his death.
LeClair became the second-winningest baseball coach in school history in just five seasons at East Carolina, compiling a 212-96-1 (.688) record. He also led the Pirates to four straight NCAA Regional appearances, three Colonial Athletic Association championships and one Conference USA title. His 2001 club advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals and finished with a No. 11 national ranking after registering a 47-13 mark.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the ALS Association (Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 120-101 Penmarc Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603), Oakmont Baptist Church (1100 Red Banks Road, Greenville, NC 27858), SPORTworks Ministry (P.O. Box 8031, Greenville, NC 27835) and ECU Educational Foundation (The Pirate Club, 304 Ward Sports Medicine Building, Greenville, NC 27858-4353).
Celebration of Life
On July 21, 2006, family, friends, and fans came to Clark-LeClair stadium to celebrate the life of Keith LeClair. Below are some photos from that event.