Alma Mater: East Carolina ('80)
Overall Record: 1-0
Led Texas Tech to a 41-31 victory over Michigan State in the Jan. 2nd Alamo Bowl while serving as the interim head coach
Alamo Bowl win allowed Texas Tech to finish ranked No. 21 in Associated Press Poll and No. 23 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. It was the third consecutive season the Red Raiders ended the year in the Top 25 of the polls.
Ten-year assistant coach at Texas Tech who helped the Red Raiders to bowl games in all 10 seasons
Has spent 24 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, including the 1992 season as East Carolina's defensive line coach
Four-year East Carolina letterwinner, three-year starter at defensive back and two-year captain
During playing career, helped Pirates to 1976 Southern Conference Championship and 1978 berth in the Independence Bowl
Coach McNeill's first press conference at East Carolina took place Friday at 11:00 AM ET. Click here to watch the replay.
Named Head Coach at East Carolina
January 21, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former Pirate defensive back and assistant coach Ruffin McNeill is back home.
McNeill, who starred as a four-year letterman in the late 1970s and most recently served on the Texas Tech staff for the last 10 seasons, has been appointed head football coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from director of athletics Terry Holland. With his hiring, McNeill becomes ECU's 20th head football coach in the school's history and he will be introduced to the media at an 11:00 a.m. press conference Friday.
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