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New skipper boards the Pirate ship



Skip Holtz has accepted the challenge of leading East Carolina's football program back to prominence. (Photo: ECU)

Audio Features

Holtz embraces familiar formula

GREENVILLE — In Skip Holtz, Terry Holland didn't hire the best available coach on the market. The East Carolina athletics director did his school a better service by hiring the right one. ...  More from Denny O'Brien...

ECU, Holtz sold on each other

GREENVILLE — Skip Holtz had the pedigree, energy and optimism to become East Carolina's new football coach. As it turned out, he also had a bit of good fortune. ... More from AP...

Holtz the chosen one

East Carolina is giving Louis Leo "Skip" Holtz, Jr., a chance to emerge from his dad's shadow and lead the football Pirates out of the depths of despair. ...  More from Al Myatt...

Optimism reborn in Purpleville

Do you smell that in the air around East Carolina? It’s called big-time college football. ...  More from Ron Cherubini...
Bonesville Info Box
Skip Holtz has assembled a battle-tested coaching staff. ECU's assistant coaches and years on the sidelines as full-time college coaches:

Donne Thompson, 30 years
   Def. Line/Asst. HC
Rick Smith, 24 years
   Defensive Backs
Steve Shankweiler, 22 years
   Off. Line/Off. Coord.
Donnie Kirkpatrick, 21 years
   Wide Receivers
Greg McMahon, 20 years
   T. Ends, Spec. Teams
'Rock' Roggeman, 18 years
Greg Hudson, DC, 15 years
   Def. Coordinator
Clifford Snow, 10 years
   Dir. of Operations
Junior Smith, 7 years
   Running Backs
Phil Petty, 0 years
   Offensive Assistant

Total: 167 years
+ Skip Holtz: 18 years
Grand Total: 185 years


Bonesville Bytes Audio: On Dec. 3, 2004, Chancellor Steve Ballard and Director of Athletics Terry Holland welcomed Skip Holtz as East Carolina's new football coach. In addition to the stories above,'s coverage included digital audio replays of the press conference and subsequent remarks by Holtz and Holland.. Select clips


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