There have been 20 head coaches for the East Carolina Pirates. East Carolina started organized football with the nickname Teachers, in 1932. The school changed the nickname to the Pirates on February 26, 1934.
East Carolina has played in more than 700 games in a total of 71 seasons, 41 of which are in Division 1-A. In those games, six coaches have brought the Pirates to bowl games: Jack Boone in 1952 and 1954, Clarence Stasavich in 1963, 1964 and 1965, Pat Dye in 1978, Bill Lewis in 1991, Steve Logan in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2001, and Skip Holtz in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Five coaches have won conference championships with the Pirates: Jack Boone in 1953, Clarence Stasavich in 1966, Sonny Randle in 1972 and 1973, Pat Dye in 1976, and Skip Holtz in 2008 and 2009. Steve Logan is the all-time leader in games coached, years coached, and wins, while John Christenbury leads all coaches in winning percentage with 0.867. O. A. Hankner is statistically the worst coach the Pirates have had in terms of winning percentage, with .000.
Of the 20 Pirate coaches, Mike McGee and Pat Dye have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. Two coaches, Clarence Stasavich and Bill Lewis, have received National Coach of the Year honors. Three former players have been head coach for the Pirates: Jim Johnson, Ed Emory and Ruffin McNeill. In addition, former players have become Pirate assistant coaches, such as Junior Smith and Paul Troth. The current coach is Skip Holtz, who was hired on December 3, 2004. Statistics correct as of January 1, 2008, after the end of the 2007–08 college football season. East Carolina changed from East Carolina Teachers College to East Carolina College in 1951 and to East Carolina University in 1967.
College Football Hall of Fame ^ Elected to the
* Spent entire professional head coaching career with Pirates
|#||Number of coaches|
|W–L %||Win–Loss percentage|
|East Carolina Teachers College Teachers|
|East Carolina Teachers College Pirates|
|2||G.L. "Doc" Mathis*||1934–1935||12||4||7||1||0.375||–||–||–||–|
|4||J. D. Alexander||1937–1938||15||3||11||1||0.233||–||–||–||–|
|5||O. A. Hankner*||1939||8||0||8||0||0.000||–||–||–||–|
|East Carolina College Pirates|
|East Carolina University Pirates|
|10||Clarence Stasavich||1962–1969||75||47||27||1||0.647||3||3||0||1964 NAIA Coach of the Year|
|12||Sonny Randle||1971–1973||32||22||10||0||0.688||–||–||–||1972 Southern Conference Media Coach-of-the-Year|
1973 Southern Conference Media Coach-of-the-Year
|16||Bill Lewis||1989–1991||33||21||12||0||0.647||1||1||0||1991 National Coach-of-the-Year|
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- ↑ "1932". 1930's Football. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. 2005-08-30. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/archives/spfball.cfm. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- ↑ Staino, Patricia (November 2003). "The East Carolina story". Metro Signature Section. http://www.metronc.com/article/?id=286. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ Before 1973, Division 1 was referred to as NCAA University Division (Major College) From 1973 to 1977, this division was refer to as NCAA Division I. From 1978 to 2006, this division is referred to as NCAA Division I-A. 2006, the NCAA changed the name from Division I to Football Bowl Subdivision.
- ↑ "Football Classifications". East Carolina Pirates. College Football Data Warehouse. 2008. http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/conferenceusa/east_carolina/index.php. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- ↑ "Purple pedigree runs deep in newest Holtz aide". Bonesville.net. 2004. http://www.bonesville.net/articles/OtherArticles/Bonesville/Bonesville_Football/2004/121404_JrSmith.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ "Paul Troth Named To East Carolina Football Staff". Sports (WITN). http://www.witntv.com/sports/features/2/3199401.html. Retrieved 2008-04-14.[dead link]
- ↑ Myatt, Al (2004-12-03). "Holtz the chosen one to resurrect program". View from the East. Bonesville.net. http://www.bonesville.net/Articles/AlMyatt/2004/12/120304_Myatt.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ A running total of the number of coaches of the Pirates.
- ↑ "College Division: 1960-1982". AFCA Coach of the Year Award - Past Winners. American Football Coaches Association. 2006. http://www.afca.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9300&SPID=7857&SPSID=69275. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ "Mike McGee". Hall of Famers. National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. 1990. http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=50011. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "Media Coach of the Year". Annual Individual Awards. Southern Conference. 2007. http://www.soconsports.com/fls/4000/socon/files/07fbguide/annual_ind_awards.pdf?SPSID=35576&SPID=1781&DB_OEM_ID=4000. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
- ↑ "Pat Dye". Hall of Famers. National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. 2006. http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=90100. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- ↑ "Football Bowl Subdivision". AFCA Coach of the Year Award - Past Winners. American Football Coaches Association. 2006. http://www.afca.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9300&SPID=7857&SPSID=69275. Retrieved 2008-04-14.