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O-line coach accustomed to success at ECU

From staff and ECU reports

Steve Shankweiler
(Photo: ECU SID)

GREENVILLE — New East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has taken step two in hiring a core of seasoned veteran coaches around which to build a staff, turning to a former South Carolina associate with deep ties to the Pirate football program to fill a key position.

Steve Shankweiler, named offensive line coach by Holtz on Wednesday, already lists 10 years of service at ECU on his resume, and has a son, Kort, who is a rising junior on the Pirate football team.

Shankweiler is the second official hire for Holtz, joining defensive line coach Donnie Thompson, who was named Tuesday as assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

Longtime ECU running backs coach Jerry McManus has also been retained by Holtz, at least for the time being, to maintain the recruiting efforts the school had underway under John Thompson, who stepped down as coach of the Pirates at the end of the recent season.

Shankweiler's new assignment will mark his third stint with the Pirates under four bosses. He worked under previous ECU head coaches Art Baker (1987-88), Bill Lewis (1989-91) and Steve Logan (1998-2002), with some of the Pirates' most successful campaigns ever coming during his years under Lewis and Logan.

Shankweiler and Thompson served together at ECU for two years during Baker's tenure, with Shankweiler staying on to serve under Lewis after Baker's departure. Thompson left after that 1988 season to begin a 12-year stretch at North Carolina.

Shankweiler and McManus worked together on Logan's staff from 1998-2002.

Most recently, Shankweiler served as offensive line coach at South Carolina in 2004 after spending the previous season in the same capacity at Cincinnati.

After Shankweiler joined the ECU staff for the second time in 1998, as offensive line coach, he helped the Pirates earn back-to-back-to-back postseason berths, in the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl, the 2000 Bowl and the 2001 GMAC Bowl.

Shankweiler coached a pair of first-team All-Conference USA performers in center Sherwin Lacewell (1999-2000) and tackle Brian Rimpf (2001-2002), who later went on to earn a Senior Bowl invitation and was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 National Football League Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Prior to a pair of high school head coaching positions in the state of Georgia from 1995 to 1997, Shankweiler was Lewis's offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech for three seasons beginning in 1992, where he guided the Yellow Jackets' to their second-highest rated offense in school history.

Shankweiler first joined the East Carolina program in 1987 as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, and played a key role in one of the most successful seasons in Pirate history in 1991. After falling to Illinois 38-31 in that season's opener, ECU ran off 11 consecutive wins and capped the campaign with a 37-34 win against North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl and a final No. 9 national ranking.

Shankweiler began his collegiate coaching career at The Citadel in 1980, leading the Bulldogs to a top Southern Conference ranking in total defense and passing offense as defensive and offensive line coach before moving on to accept the offensive coordinator's position at Western Kentucky in 1984.

A seven-time football and track letterman at Davidson, Shankweiler earned All-Southern Conference honors and served as captain of the Wildcats' track program in 1974.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Davidson in 1974 and gained a master's degree in physical education and education administration from Georgia State in 1980.

Shankweiler and wife Patti are the parents of two daughters, Lori and Jennifer, and son Kort, a fullback for the Pirates.

02/23/07 11:30 AM

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