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Monday, April 19, 2004

By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News & Observer

Ballard gauges AD contenders in person


East Carolina chancellor designate Steve Ballard has met with the three candidates produced by ECU’s 14-member search committee for an athletics director.

He met with retired Air Force colonel Randall Spetman in Kansas City early last week, conferred with South Carolina associate AD and Gamecock Club director Jeff Barber on Thursday in Greenville and interviewed ECU senior associate AD Nick Floyd, who has handled the AD position on an interim basis since August, on Friday during a visit to campus.

“I thought it went well,” said Barber, an ECU alumnus. “He was very personable. He’s a nice person and a smart guy. You could tell why he’s going to be a college president. I thought it went well. He said he was going to keep moving on it. There was nothing definite at this point.”

Spetman was not available for comment on Sunday. Floyd said he would not comment.

Ballard may not limit himself to the candidates presented by the search committee but he has not yet scheduled a visit with former NFL administrator Mike Reinfeldt, who has expressed interest in the job.

Floyd not standing still

Floyd hasn’t been twiddling his thumbs in the months that he’s handled the AD job. Two projects are moving forward. Henry Hinton, a mover and shaker in the Greenville community, has helped secure municipal backing for high school football and baseball regional playoffs to be held at ECU.

The process has also been initiated for ECU to put in bids to host NCAA Tournament play in baseball on the regional and super regional level at Kinston’s Grainger Stadium.

Basketball recruits

Coaches in the East Carolina basketball office will likely be watching the fax machine today to see if 5-foot11 scoring guard Dwayne Shackleford of Allegany College in Cumberland, Md. and 6-6 high school forward Jonathan Hart of Roselle, N.J. transmit their letters of intent.

Shackleford visited Southern California this weekend. He was a teammate of 6-8 forward Mike Castro, who has already signed with the Pirates, at Allegany. ECU also inked 6-10 Charles Bronson of Philadelphia Lutheran High School in November.

Hart, an athletic player in the open court, averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds as a senior.

Productive road trip

As if to support former coach Keith LeClair’s contention that ECU should be ranked higher than No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball, the Pirates had some incredible offensive numbers in a weekend sweep of Cincinnati. The Pirates erupted for a school record 32 runs on Saturday and averaged 20 runs against the Bearcats in overcoming deficits in all three games.

The sweep moved ECU into a first-place tie in the Conference USA standings with Southern Mississippi.

Next up for the Pirates, who are on a 12-game winning streak, is a non-league match-up Wednesday night at N.C. State.

Pirates gather in Triangle

East Carolina football coach John Thompson, basketball coach Bill Herrion, women’s basketball coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener and baseball coach Randy Mazey will be special guests at a Pirate Club banquet on Tuesday, April 27 at the Research Triangle Park Sheraton Imperial.

There will be a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the program, including remarks by special guests, following dinner.

Cost is $25 per person before April 23 and $28 at the door. Checks should be made to the Wake County Pirate Club and mailed to Craig Revels, 213 Cove Creek Drive, Cary, NC 27519.

For more information contact John Bland at (919) 471-6406 or Michael Darrow at (919) 786-4747, or visit on the Internet.

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Make-up meeting

A Pirate Club meeting at the Brass Lantern in Dunn that was snowed out earlier has been reset for May 10 with a social beginning at 6 p.m.

There will be a steak dinner at 6:30 with a program featuring Coach Thompson to follow. Cost is $25 per person.

For more information contact Perry Hudson (919) 207-3979, Rob Jones (910) 892-3440, Scott Leonard (919) 602-6929, Jim Hankins (910) 486-5915 or Richard Wallier (910) 868-3500.

NFL Europe summary

Former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey threw for four first half touchdowns, including two to ex-ECU standout Richard Alston as the Berlin Thunder, for whom Steve Logan is quarterbacks and receivers coach, moved to 3-0 with a 35-31 NFL Europe win over the Cologne Centurions on Sunday at Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Logan might have had the feeling the contest was at UAB or Houston as only 12,036 were on hand to see Davey complete 19 of 27 for 279 yards. Alston had five catches for 123 yards, including two touchdowns.

Alston returned the opening kickoff 49 yards and two plays later hauled in a 40-yard strike from Davey.

Despite losing former Pirate running back Leonard Henry to a groin injury in the first quarter, the Frankfurt Galaxy became the league’s first team to reach 3-0 with a 28-10 win over the Rhein Fire on Saturday.

Frankfurt and Berlin are the only unbeatens in the 6-team league. Berlin plays at Rhein on Saturday night. Frankfurt will visit the Amsterdam Admirals on Sunday afternoon.

The younger Logan

Nate Logan, the younger son of the former Pirates football coach, had a two-run triple in Campbell’s 5-2 win at N.C. State on Wednesday night.

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