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Connors headed for home turf

Editor's note: Bonesville staff writer Denny O'Brien interviewed Jeff Connors immediately after the announcement came from East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland on Friday that Connors will become ECU's assistant AD for strength and conditioning. A full-length feature column by O'Brien based on that interview will be published on Bonesville on Monday.

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Jeff Connors is coming home. After a 10-year absence from East Carolina, Connors is leaving UNC-Chapel Hill to once again lead the Pirates’ strength and conditioning program.

Connors served as ECU’s director of strength and conditioning from 1991-2000, serving under former Pirates coaches Bill Lewis and Steve Logan. During that period, the Pirates made five bowl appearances and twice finished in the national Top 25.

He returns to a program that is coming off its fifth-consecutive bowl appearance, but struggled towards the end of the 2010 season.

Connors, who will hold the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning, is looking forward to his return.

“I think I can say that throughout my entire career in collegiate athletics, this is the most excited I’ve ever been,” Connors said. “I can’t wait to put on that purple shirt.”

Connors is leaving a Tar Heels football program where players shattered nearly every strength and conditioning record (73 of 77) under his watch.

He has been honored as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Connors replaces Mike Golden, who left the Pirates to rejoin his former boss, Skip Holtz, at South Florida.

Staff writer Denny O'Brien contributed to this story.

01/22/2011 07:32 AM


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