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Selection Committee Choice: Overton

By Al Myatt
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The baseball acumen and personal integrity of former East Carolina coach Gary Overton has been rewarded with his inclusion on the NCAA baseball selection committee.

Overton, who now provides some color commentary on Pirate baseball broadcasts in addition to his duties as ECU's assistant athletic director for internal operations, will begin a four-year term on the committee on Sept. 1.

Overton was initially picked from a list of nominees in Conference USA and then passed an intensive review by the NCAA management council.

"First of all, I was really excited," said Overton, who lettered for the Pirates from 1970 to 1973. "I'm honored to serve the NCAA and I'm even more honored to represent East Carolina in a role beneficial to all of college baseball."

Overton has more than double the wins of any other baseball coach in East Carolina history, guiding the Pirates to a 427-237-1 record during his tenure from 1985 to 1997. His teams made the NCAA Tournament five times.

Overton is a scholar as well, earning his doctorate in higher education administration in 2001. He also serves as a professor and lecturer in ECU's School of Health and Human Performance.

On Memorial Day weekends, Overton will convene in Indianapolis with selection committee representatives from other regions to seed the NCAA Tournament. There will be conference calls and meetings to keep the representatives informed prior to the actual seeding process.

"The pool from which I was chosen included athletic directors, commissioners and influential people from the realm of college administrators," Overton said. "I was very honored to have been selected."

Overton won't be involved in seeding for the 2008 NCAA Tournament but he points out that the selection committee puts a lot of value on the ratings percentage index, which had the Pirates rated No. 6 nationally on Friday — much higher than their current position in the national rankings.

Conference USA is fifth nationally in the RPI among 31 leagues.

PAGE UPDATED 04/19/08 02:07 AM.

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