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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Holland hits home run with Moore hiring

By Brian Bailey
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Wes Moore
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East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland has apparently hit one out of the park with the hiring of Wes Moore as ECU’s new women’s basketball coach.

Moore's resume is one of a true winner. He is 490-141 all-time as a coach, which ranks eighth among women’s coaches. His Lady Mocs team won 11 consecutive Southern Conference regular season titles and went to the NCAA tournament in eight of his twelve seasons.

All of a sudden there is a great connection between East Carolina and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. New Pirate hoops coach Jeff Lebo coached at the school, as did former Pirate coach Mack McCarthy and ECU receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick.

Coach Lebo took the ECU men’s job and in the process brought his wife closer to her home of Williamston, NC. Moore now does the same, bringing his wife in proximity to her native Jamesville, NC.

Unlike Lebo, Moore inherits a winner in the Lady Pirates. With Moore’s track record, this should be a win-win for everyone involved.

“Coach Moore's accomplishments as a women’s basketball head coach are in one word, ‘phenomenal’," said Coach Holland in the official release from the university. “His teams have been winners on the floor at every level — Division I, Division II and Division III — but more importantly his players have been winners in the classroom and in the community.

I talked with several media members from the Chattanooga area over the last couple of days, and they all were very complimentary of the new Pirate coach.

Each one of them said Moore would go out of his way for the media, his players and the fans at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Moore replaces Sharon Baldwin-Tener at East Carolina, another coach who was extremely popular with the media, players and fans.

“Initially, I was interested in the position since my wife is from Jamesville, which is less than an hour away from Greenville,” Moore stated in the release from Monday. “Then, after visiting campus and meeting with several people, it was great to see their eagerness and excitement about Pirate athletics.

"Sharon did a fantastic job with this program and left it in great shape. It is extremely exciting to inherit a team that was so successful last season and has so much talent.”

Backs against the wall

A baseball season that started with such promise is turning into one big disappointment for Billy Godwin and his Pirates.

East Carolina wrapped up a rare 0-5 week by losing all three games to Rice in that battle for first place in Conference USA.

If there was a bright spot, it’s the fact that the Pirates played the last two games in the series error-free.

Before those two games, East Carolina had committed an eye-popping 25 errors in the team’s previous five games.

East Carolina had nine errors in the last two games of the UAB series, which oddly enough were two wins.

The Pirates then committed four more miscues against Campbell, followed by six against N.C. State and then six more in the embarrassing 20-3 loss to Rice in the first game of the series.

The Pirates have 15 games to play and you would have to think that East Carolina has to win 11 or 12 of those to have a chance at an NCAA bid.

ECU would most likely also need a couple of wins in the Conference USA tournament. The RPI is also not what the Pirates are used to, and even 37 or 38 wins might not be enough.

The Pirates travel to UNC-Wilmington tonight, before hosting Marshall in a three-game series this weekend at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The season is quickly winding down and the Pirates need “W’s” in the worst kind of way to build that resume for the NCAA Tournament.


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