Pirate Coaching Profile No. 3
profiles Steve Shankweiler.
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Myatt is the ECU beat writer for The News & Observer.
The Steve Shankweiler file
Followers of Pirates football noticed a marked improvement in ECU’s
offensive line play after Steve Shankweiler returned as position coach
following a dismal year for the running game in 1997. An effective teacher
and recruiter, Shankweiler has helped the offensive line emerge as a steady
strength for the Pirates. Junior tackle Brian Rimpf is a candidate for
national honors and there are a group of promising youngsters on the
offensive front ready to step in for established veterans. “Coach Shank”
played in the trenches himself.
We had the opportunity to visit recently and I got to know him a little
better. Continuing with our profiles on ECU assistants:
Full name: Steven Roy
Aug. 29, 1952
Fort Bragg, NC
Cross Keys High, Atlanta, Ga., 1970
|Highlight of playing career:
“I never did anything famous or play in a big enough program to be
famous. We won the last football game. We beat The Citadel in
Charleston (S.C.) in the last game I played in.”
How did you get into coaching?
“Truthfully I was going to go to law school. I took an education class
my senior year. I wanted to coach but I wasn’t too fired up about
teaching. But I took that course and I got fired up about education. I
took some more education courses.”
Shankweiler got into coaching on the high school level, guiding Redan
High of Stone Mountain, GA, to the state 3-A championship in 1979
before becoming defensive line coach at The Citadel the following
He also coached at Western Kentucky before coming to ECU initially in
1987. He left after the 11-1 Peach Bowl champion season to go with
former ECU head coach Bill Lewis to Georgia Tech and was on the Yellow
Jackets staff through 1994 serving as offensive line coach and
returned to the prep ranks before coming back to ECU to revitalize the
O-line in 1998. He has been at ECU for 10 seasons, including the last
five in a row.
The most rewarding aspect of coaching:
“I really get excited about a plan coming together when thoughts and
ideas are expressed on the field. It’s the same thing with kids when
they get here. There’s a plan and something evolves. I enjoy seeing
something productive with both Xs and Os and with young people.”
|If I hadn’t gone into coaching, I would probably
“An education administrator.”
Wife, Patti; son, Kort, a freshman quarterback in the ECU program;
daughter, Lori Gibbs, who has a 7-year old son and lives in Engelhard;
and daughter, Jennifer, who is working on a second degree at ECU in
|Off the field:
If they ever made a movie of my life, _____ would play me: “Tom
Favorite book: Moby Dick.
“I like to work out, run and I do a lot of yard work.”
“Somewhere in the Caribbean.”
Keys for 2002:
“Probably the biggest thing is that we’ve got to identify who we are
and what we do well. We have a lot of returning players but the
chemistry and abilities of teams changes from year to year. Figuring
that out and doing what we do best is key. Offensively, we’re diverse
enough to do different things. Figuring out each year what those
things are is obviously a challenge.”
Strengths of the offensive line: “Probably there’s a pretty mature
sense among the kids and they’re able to adjust on the run pretty
quick and fast. They understand football better than they did a year
ago and are probably able to do more things than they did a year ago.
They’re a bright group of guys, football-wise.”
Concerns with offensive line: “Lack of depth. We’re in a situation
where we don’t have numbers of quality players. The freshmen class is
probably above average but there’s a depth concern between them and
the present junior class.”
Who should be the favored in Conference-USA: Southern Miss.
Goal for ECU for the season: Win the conference.
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