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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Pirates of the fairer sex hog the headlines

By Brian Bailey
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The women of East Carolina have certainly been in the spotlight of late.

First, there was the drama in naming a new women’s basketball coach at East Carolina. Wes Moore took the job, got to Greenville and did an about face.

That opened the door for Francis Marion coach Heather Macy. Macy has a great personality and is passionate about the game she coaches.

The women’s team had to assemble twice that week to meet two different new coaches. As I stated last week, Holland may have hit a great shot with his hiring “mulligan.”

The East Carolina women’s golf team made a valiant effort in the NCAA East Regional golf tournament at Ironwood this weekend.

Two of the finest people around were instrumental in the event. Ironwood golf professional John LaMonica and ECU women’s golf coach Kevin Williams are flat out two of the best guys you’ll find anywhere.

LaMonica is one of the classiest professionals I’ve ever had the chance to work with. He is so organized and thorough that there was no doubt that this event would be a success.

Ironwood was in perfect shape to host such a prestigious tournament. Golf course superintendent Danny Ray Britt should also be congratulated.

ECU women’s coach Kevin Williams is also on my all-time list of just super people. If you have a daughter who can play golf, you couldn’t go wrong in sending her to East Carolina. That’s probably the highest compliment you could ever give anyone. Kevin is a class act.

I thought the photograph that the Daily Reflector ran on Sunday spoke volumes. ECU senior Abby Bools had just closed out her career with a three-under par 69, which tied her season-low round.

She missed making the NCAA Championships as an individual by just three strokes. She finished the last hole of her career and gave Coach Williams a big hug. The picture simply dripped with emotion.

Williams’ ladies fought the good fight, but came up just short of their goal of advancing to the National Championship as one of the top eight teams in the regional.

Tracey Kee and her softball squad clinched their first ever Conference USA championship over the weekend.

Kee raised the bar on the team’s schedule this year. Playing some of the nation’s top programs is now paying big dividends as ECU heads to the postseason.

East Carolina started the season just 2-7. Three of those losses were against Florida, a team ranked third in the nation. All three of those losses were by a single run.

Pitcher Toni Paisley has been nothing short of amazing. For the seventh time this season, Paisley was honored by Conference USA as the league’s pitcher of the week.

Last week Paisley led the Pirates to a 5-0 week with sweeps over Elon and Memphis. She went 3-0 and did not allow a run in striking out 30 batters. With the three shutouts, Paisley now leads the nation with 19 shutouts this season.

The softball squad will play in a brand new stadium next season, which should really provide a nice recruiting edge for Coach Kee.

Next up for the softball Pirates is the Conference USA tournament. ECU heads to Houston as the top seed.

The Pirates will play eighth-seeded Southern Miss on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Cougar Softball Stadium in Houston. Just a couple of weeks ago ECU shut out the Golden Eagles in three straight games.

Drew Steele Center on Go!

The proposed Drew Steele Center at Elm Street, named after the son of former ECU basketball coach Mike Steele, is now on go.

The Drew Steele/Skip Holtz Golf Classic raised $500,000 to build the center for Eastern North Carolina’s special needs population.

Finally, the group was awarded a matching grant from the state of North Carolina, giving the project an even one million dollars for Phase I.

“We are obviously very excited,” said the former Pirate football coach Holtz. “I have to thank all of the folks in Greenville who worked so hard to make the tournaments so successful. I can’t wait to see the name ‘Drew Steele’ on that building.”

There is no word yet on when construction will start. Holtz says he’d love to come back for the ribbon cutting when the project is completed.


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