Larry Epperly
Larry Epperly

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
3rd Year at ECU

Alma Mater:
Emory & Henry, 1974


Larry Epperly is in his third season as an assistant coach at East Carolina. Epperly joined the Pirate coaching staff one week prior to the start of practice in 2007-08 after spending 20 years as a head coach at the Division II level.

He works primarily with the guards and is also in charge of scheduling.

Epperly spent the previous 10 years as head coach and athletic director at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. During his final season at Limestone, Epperly guided the Saints to their best season ever as a Division II member. Epperly coached the Saints to a 20-9 overall mark, which included an 83-80 win over eventual Division II national champion Barton.

During Epperly's final six seasons at Limestone, the Saints finished at or above their preseason projected finish.

During the 2004-05 campaign, Epperly led the Saints to their first winning record since joining the ranks of Division II, posting a trio of wins over nationally-ranked teams. Limestone finished the season with an overall record of 15-14 with nine of their 14 losses decided by five points or less. During his tenure at Limestone, every player that completed his eligibility graduated.

Epperly arrived at Limestone following a 10-year stint as the head coach at the University of South Carolina at Aiken where he also served as assistant athletic director. During the 1992-93 season, Epperly led the Pacers to the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles championships. His efforts earned him Peach Belt Coach-of-the-Year honors.

Epperly spent one year on staff at Emory and Henry as an assistant after he finished his playing career. Following a three-year stint as a high school coach, he returned to college coaching as an assistant at Ohio University.

After a three-year tenure with the Bobcats, Epperly returned to his home state of Virginia where he served as an assistant coach at Richmond from 1981-85 under coach Dick Tarrant during which time he recruited NBA star Johnny Newman. At Richmond, Epperly was a part of the staff that won two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships, made two NIT appearances and one NCAA Tournament appearance in which the Spiders advanced to the second round by upsetting fifth-seeded Auburn in 1984.

Following his successful stay at Richmond, Epperly coached on the staffs at James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth.

Epperly holds a bachelor of arts degree from Emory and Henry College and a master's degree from Virginia Tech.

He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Tyler (22) and Elizabeth (19). Tyler is a junior at ECU and serves as a student equipment manager for the football team, while Elizabeth is a sophomore at ECU.