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Holtz's former star QB signs onto ECU staff

From staff and ECU reports

Phil Petty
(Photo: ECU SID)

GREENVILLE — The emerging football staff of new East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz, which featured a pair of seasoned veterans with lengthy resumes as its first two members, took on a more youthful element with its most recent addition.

Former South Carolina quarterback and graduate assistant Phil Petty, who worked primarily with the quarterbacks at USC last season after serving as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in the high school ranks in 2003, has joined the Holtz brain trust.

Petty was named an assistant coach by Holtz in a Thursday announcement, though the the specific duties to which Petty will be assigned were not indicated.

"Phil's an exceptionally bright and energetic young coach who I feel will do a great job in many facets of our program," said Holtz in a statement. "We are extremely fortunate that, because of his knowledge and experience on the offensive side of the ball, he gives us a lot of flexibility within our staff since he has the ability to coach a couple of different positions."

In his grad assistant role with the Gamecocks in 2004, Petty helped the team to a total offensive output of 368.9 yards per game and a Top 50 national ranking in rushing offense of 168.7 yards per game.

Petty was a three-year starter at quarterback at USC in a career that concluded in 2002. Holtz was the Gamecocks' quarterbacks coach during that span.

Petty led the team to 17 victories in his last 23 starts, including back-to-back Outback Bowl wins over Ohio State in 2001 and 2002. He earned Outback Bowl MVP honors after a 227-yard, two-touchdown passing performance against the Buckeyes in the 2002 matchup.

A finalist for the prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as a senior, Petty's leadership skills earned him a selection by his peers as South Carolina's team captain in 2001.

During his last two seasons, Petty completed 306-of-547 passes for 4,079 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading Gamecocks to a combined 17-7 record in 2000 and 2001.

In 2000, Petty threw for 2,110 yards, helping the Gamecocks compile an 8-4 mark while accomplishing the greatest single-season turnaround in NCAA Division I-A history after an 0-11 campaign in 1999.

Upon the completion of his college career, Petty signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

Petty earned his bachelors degree in retail management from South Carolina in December 2001.

Petty is the third official hire on Holtz's Pirate staff, joining assistant head coach and defensive line coach Donnie Thompson and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler. columnist Al Myatt also reported today that Cliff Snow, formerly director of football operations at South Carolina, will take over the same duties at ECU.

In addition, longtime ECU running backs coach Jerry McManus has 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.

Compiled from an ECU Athletics report.

02/23/07 11:30 AM

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