Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina
Daily News & Features from East Carolina, Conference USA and Beyond

Mobile Alpha Roundup Daily Beat Recruiting The Seasons Multimedia Historical Data Pirate Time Machine SportByte™ Weather


Holland goes public with reply to acid e-mail

From ECU and staff reports

East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland — chastised in some quarters in the wake of his announcement last week that Pirates basketball coach Bill Herrion had been asked to accept a reassignment at the end of the season to a position elsewhere in the department — has countered one biting critic with a public response.

To view ECU AD Terry Holland's post on the school's official athletic department Website, please click here.

Holland posted an open reply on the school's official website on Sunday to a harshly-worded e-mail message he received in the wake of attending Saturday night's East Carolina-Houston. The sender of the message, who identified himself as an ECU alumnus (class of '80), lambasted Holland on a number of fronts.

Following is the text of the entire post, including the sender's message and Holland's response, from

An Open Response From Terry Holland


East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland responds openly to an e-mail about last week's developments regarding the men's basketball program.

The letter and response are both unedited.

Lord Holland, I just want to let you know how embarrassed I am as an alumni of this university to let an ACC reject such as yourself come in with your hatchet and dismiss a man such as Bill Herrion who has poured his blood and guts into this program for 6 years. And you're such a hippocrite. You speak at the Pirate Club Banquet last night about class and how wins and losses are secondary to doing the job right, graduating players, etc. Then you're in your little corner at the game tonight clapping for Bill Herrion along with HIS fans as he leaves the floor. I saw you. Fire him, then clap for him. And to do it with 3 games left in the season. I thought the kids came first. I'm sure you are happy we lost tonight, now if we lose next Saturday night and miss the tourney you can have your new coach in place from the ACC next Monday morning. What a cush job, come in and get paid $275, 000 a year, bring this university down and ride off into the sunset. I don't know if this Pirate can take 4 more years of this. Of course , all the high dollar Pirate Clubbers love it, cozying up to you like you are the annointed one. As I close, I'll utter the famous last words REMEMBER CHAMINADE.

Class of '80


Not sure what I can say to an e-mail filled with this much bitterness and attempt to intimidate but I will give it my best effort as I try to do with all others.

The job which I was hired to do does pay about the same thing our basketball coach gets paid and a bit less than the former and current football coach get paid and a whole lot less than the football coach before that was paid. It has been my observation that each of those folks (and quite a few others who make less than 10% of that amount) have poured their "blood and guts" into ECU's athletic program daily.

If you were happy with East Carolina's athletic program and likely future in Division I-A athletics when I arrived, then I must apologize that this "ACC reject" has come in and changed your comfort level.

As essentially the "head coach" of the athletic department, it is my job to attempt to put our team members in the position where they can help this department and the university the most over the next five or six critical years.

While I am not a basketball genius (as illustrated by UVA's loss to Chaminade), I am smart enough to know that I am not a genius and lucky enough to be able to call on some pretty good basketball minds for help. In fact, Chaminade's former coach is a good friend and would be available to take either my job or the basketball job if you would feel more comfortable with that.

After promising wins over Pepperdine and Oregon State to open the season, our team had won only four Division I games versus 17 losses. Each game had become a "life or death" affair for our coaching staff and our team members. While "pressure to win" can provide a healthy motivational factor over short periods of time, over the longer period it can do great emotional damage to those fighting so hard and so valiantly to win each game.

It was my opinion that the "unhealthy" side of that pressure to win was dramatically impacting all the individuals in our program and that this pressure to win was likely to increase greatly over the remaining games and into the next season.

Coach Herrion had repeatedly asked Nick and me to be honest and up-front with him as we evaluated what the future held for our basketball program. Therefore, we met with Coach Herrion to ask him to start thinking of accepting another position in our athletic department after the season concluded.

We had hoped that by letting Coach Herrion know that we wanted him on our team for the long term that some of the pressure he felt would be relieved. If that happened, then we hoped the team might finish the season as strongly as it began the season and Coach Herrion would be leaving coaching on a high note.

We asked Coach to think it over before responding and to keep the conversation between the three of us private until the season ended or until he thought it was appropriate to discuss it further with others.

So far the best thing about ECU has been that the "high dollar Pirate Clubbers" and other people in a position to attempt to influence what happens in our athletic department have allowed the athletic professionals to do their jobs. You are one of the very few ECU people who have attempted to intimidate me or anyone else into sharing your view by calling me names or using political clout. Your response is more like the ones that I have gotten from fans of other schools who did not like me "calling them out" about playing ECU in Greenvillle.

I have had a number of people who have presented logical arguments about the possibility of continuing our current direction in basketball in order to see what happens in a "weaker" C-USA. However, I am unwilling to believe or accept that the most likely way for us to improve our athletic program is to compete against lesser opponents. It does not take a genius to figure out where that path would lead us. Taking that path because it is the easy one or the comfortable one would be very dangerous for ECU athletics today.

So, I will continue to "clap" and cheer for Bill Herrion and our team, regardless of what names you call me for doing so, and I will continue to make the best decisions I am capable of making for ECU's long term best interest until someone else is called to do this for ECU.

Terry Holland

Page updated: 02/23/07 11:44 AM

©2005 All rights rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Compiled from ECU Athletics and staff reports.


©2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013 All rights reserved.
Articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files and other content originated on this site are the proprietary property of
None of the articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files or other content originated on this site may be reproduced without written permission.
This site is not affiliated with East Carolina University. View's Privacy Policy. Advertising contact: 252-349-3280; Editorial contact:; 252-444-1905.