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Early promotion for Godwin

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the interview's Brian Bailey conducted Friday evening with East Carolina's newly- appointed baseball coach, Billy Godwin.


From staff, ECU and wire reports

Billy Godwin has been formally elevated to head coach of the East Carolina baseball program little more than two weeks after being called on to pinch-hit in the position.

The move, announced late Friday afternoon by ECU athletic director Terry Holland, makes Godwin the 10th coach in the school's storied baseball history.

A Rocky Mount native with an ECU graduate degree, Godwin was hired as the Pirates' pitching coach in June after compiling a 262-85 in six years at junior college powerhouse Louisburg. During his tenure with the Hurricanes, he led the team to multiple postseason appearances, including a trip to the 2002 JUCO World Series.

Godwin was named on Oct. 10 to serve as acting head coach of the Pirates for the balance of the 2005-06 academic year after the school suspended Randy Mazey, ECU's coach the last three seasons.

At the time of Mazey's suspension, Holland indicated that ECU would conduct a national search for a replacement. But Holland noted Friday he was impressed with Godwin's leadership of the program since becoming the interim coach.

``This announcement will end speculation that could become a distraction as our team and coaches build a foundation for the journey to the College World Series,'' Holland said in a prepared statement.

``It is time to stabilize our program by allowing Coach Godwin to hire a permanent staff for our outstanding current players and so that our recruits will know who their coaches will be when they arrive on our campus.''

Godwin's official appointment to the fulltime job has already been approved by the ECU board of trustees, the school said in a release.

In a sign that he has already begun exerting his influence on the future direction of the team, Godwin said in a Friday evening interview with's Brian Bailey that he had received the 11th verbal commitment to the Pirates' recruiting class of 2006 earlier in the day. (Replay Bailey's interview with Godwin.)

The school suspended Mazey for unspecified reasons earlier this month. It was a move that was expected to be the first procedural step toward his eventual firing.

Mazey's ouster came only months after the conclusion of the Pirates' 2005 season was marked by the exodus of assistant coaches Tommy Eason and Alan Osborne and the transfer of slugger Ryan Peisel, a promising rising sophomore, to Georgia.

Sources indicated at the time the departures were prompted by conflicts with Mazey. The result, sources say, was scrutiny of Mazey's coaching style by Holland.

Mazey was 120-66-1 with the Pirates — 60-30 in Conference USA — and reached an NCAA regional in each of his three seasons.

Mazey succeeded ECU Hall of Famer Keith LeClair, who led the team to four consecutive NCAA berths before stepping down at the end of the 2002 season after being stricken with ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

©2005 All rights rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. An ECU Athletics release and an Associated Press dispatch contributed to the compilation of this report.

02/23/2007 11:21:47 AM

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