ECU News, Notes and Commentary
Thursday, July 28, 2005
By Bethany Bradsher
'Tis the season of comings,
goings at ECU
Carolina’s big-name game of musical chairs concluded in March when Ricky
Stokes was hired as hoops coach, but at a lower tier the parade of departing
and arriving Pirates continues.
though Randy Mazey has more longevity than any other revenue sport head
coach, his assistant coach positions have been in a state of flux for
months. The Diamond Bucs’ swing at a postseason run in Tucson had no sooner
ended than long-time hitting coach Allen Osborne announced his departure for
the University of Georgia.
a week later, pitching coach Tommy Eason stepped down from his ECU post. On
July 11, Eason was named the new head coach at Pitt Community College.
filled both posts quickly, with Scott Forbes coming on as hitting coach and
Billy Godwin to work with the pitchers. But before he could even get settled
in on campus, Forbes announced that he was taking the pitching coach job at
UNC-Chapel Hill instead.
Wednesday’s hiring of Link Jarrett as the new hitting coach and recruiting
coordinator, Mazey has hopefully stopped the dizzying rotation on his staff.
Jarrett, a former Florida State player, comes from Mercer University, where
he served as an assistant for two seasons.
and Eason both inspired plenty of loyalty among the players that have
advanced to the NCAA playoffs for seven consecutive years, so one of
Godwin's and Jarrett’s chief tasks will be to align with Mazey in a way that
captures the players’ hearts to build a winning 2006 version of the squad.
wants to talk to a colleague about retaining consistency in the wake of
exiting assistants, he should go see Rick Kobe. The head coach of the men’s
and women’s swim teams, who has presided over the Pirates in the pool for 23
years, has reason to be proud of the regular turnover on his staff: More
often than not his ex-assistants turn into head coaches elsewhere.
Feaster accepted the head position at James Madison University on July 12,
he was the 10th former Kobe swimmer or assistant to take the top job with a
college program. Other former ECU swimming products include Bill Roberts at
the U.S. Naval Academy and McGee Moody at William and Mary.
what they come in here to do,” said Kobe, who has coached 23 NCAA qualifiers
and four All-Americans. “He (Feaster) actually was here longer than most.”
promoted Matt Jabs into the head assistant position vacated by Feaster, and
he is conducting a national search for the second assistant’s position, he
the athletes under the direction of Kobe and Feaster also have a new
position this summer, if only temporarily. Five current or graduated Pirate
swimmers are coaching Pitt County summer swim teams, working with kids
between the ages of five and 17.
Greenville Area Summer Swim League posted a notice at the Mingles pool in
the spring in an effort to recruit experienced coaches, and it’s a natural
summer job for the swimmers. Lauren Havard, who works with the Gold’s Gym
team, said that she had planned on finding a witnessing job but found that
she couldn’t stay away from the pool deck.
it’s giving back to what makes you love the sport, just trying to spark a
fire in another kid,” said Havard, a rising junior from Fairfax, Va. “It’s
such a great sport. You can swim for life.”
youth coaches from ECU are graduate (and three-time ECU Swimmer of the Year)
Diane Parker at Ironwood, Parker Bostick at Ironwood, Adrienne Williams at
Cherry Oaks and Kelly Shinton at Farmville.
Sharing the leadership
seven years of coaching both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, Tom Morris
has given leadership of the men’s squad to Shawn Heinchon, who came to
Greenville a year ago as an assistant coach.
joining the Pirates program, Heinchon spent six years as an assistant at
Wake Forest, where he coached 10 All-Atlantic Coast Conference players and
two ACC Rookies-of-the-Year.
“He is a
proven assistant coach and already possesses the leadership and teaching
qualities of a head coach,” Morris said in an ECU news release. “I’m looking
forward to seeing the men’s team progress under his direction.”
Transition in soccer
has a new men’s soccer coach, at least until a national search can be
conducted. On the same day that former head coach Michael Benn announced his
departure to take an assistant’s job at alma mater Lehigh University, Chad
Halverson was named as the Pirates’ interim head on Wednesday.
past two seasons, Halverson has served as an assistant coach under Benn at
ECU, and before that he spent two seasons as assistant track and field coach
and recruiting coordinator at the University of Central Florida.
predecessor, Devin O’Neill, left ECU for a Division III head coaching job at
Gettysburg (Pa.) College, and Benn departed for an assistant’s position at
Lehigh, a Division I school with an enrollment of 4,500.
January in the Tropics
Skip Holtz has already
landed a berth in the postseason — for himself, that is.
For one day only,
Holtz will be wearing a
different hat after the conclusion of his first season at the helm of the
Pirates. The American Football Coaches’ Association announced this week that
Holtz would serve as an assistant coach in the Hula Bowl, the college
all-star game scheduled for January 21, 2006 in Maui.
Moravian head coach Scot Dapp, Holtz will assist head coach Tommy Tuberville
of Auburn with the East squad. Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham will
lead the West squad along with assistant Dick Tomey from San Jose State.
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