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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
By Brian Bailey
Seasoned staff fits Holtz
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archive of Tuesday night's Brian Bailey Show,
with guest Greg Hudson, East Carolina's
new defensive coordinator:
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archive of Tuesday's press conference in which
ECU head coach Skip Holtz introduced his
new staff (recorded by Brian Bailey):
New East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz introduced his staff at a
luncheon on Tuesday at the Murphy Center.
Holtz has been busy assembling the staff and recruiting, but he took a
short break to meet the media.
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Holtz. “I certainly have no desire to
start over because I don’t think I can top what we’ve put together.”
Holtz said early on that he needed a little mix of ECU and a little mix
of Skip Holtz. He certainly got that with this staff.
Steve Shankweiler is now officially the offensive coordinator for Holtz.
Coach Shank said it was an easy decision to return to Greenville.
“We’ve got great memories here,” Shankweiler said. “We’ve won a lot of
football games out there (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium) and there’s no reason that
we can’t get that back to where it used to be.
“It’s funny, you know, you drive back into town and you realize this is
where you’re supposed to be.”
Shank laid out the framework for his responsibilities under Holtz.
“My role is heavily geared to game planning and administrative duties,"
Shankweiler said. "That includes preparing the practice schedule, the
practice scripts, what we’re going to do in practice.
"But Skip will be very involved with the offense, because that’s his
thing. I’ll take the game planning and organizational issues off of him and
that will allow him to be the head coach.”
Greg Hudson leaves Minnesota to take over the Pirate defense for Coach
“I’m in the middle of talking to each player one an one right now to find
out how they felt about the program last year,” said Hudson. "I want to know
what their thoughts on defense are.”
Hudson continued, “We are going to see how the personnel matches what we
want to do. We want to be an energetic and attacking defense.”
The new defensive coordinator says he will most certainly stress a return
to fundamentals. Anybody that has seen the Pirates tackle over the last
couple of years knows this return to the basics is essential to finding any
success next season.
“When you are turning a program around, it all starts with fundamentals,”
Hudson said. “Anytime something goes bad you hear coaches tell everyone that
they have to get back to the fundamentals. But my question is why did you
ever leave those fundamentals?”
Basketball Pirates brace for Bearcats
ECU basketball coach Bill Herrion isn’t smiling a lot these days. It’s
nothing, though, that a win over 18th-ranked Cincinnati on Wednesday night
Nobody works harder than Herrion. Still, the wins haven’t come as often
as many Pirate fans would like.
Herrion is hoping for another magical night at Williams Arena. The
Pirates have beaten nationally-ranked C-USA teams before, and that will be
the goal this evening.
Herrion has a clear game plan.
“The first thing that has to happen, you have to play with a tremendous
toughness and attitude,” said Herrion. “That’s how Cincinnati plays. That’s
their reputation, they are as tough physically and mentally as any team in
“You have to rebound the basketball. They are so physical. They really
attack the glass. The first five minutes of the game are key because we have
to get off to a good start. We have to protect the basketball. We just can’t
give it to them, because they are so good in transition. You really have to
come to play against these guys.”
Here’s hoping the Pirates do indeed come to play against Bob Huggins and
the ‘Cats. Let’s hope for a huge, rowdy crowd and a night to remember at
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