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LeClair to Be Inducted Into Alma Mater's Hall of Fame

From ECU Media Relations

Western Carolina to Honor Pirate Baseball Coach

GREENVILLE — East Carolina University head baseball coach Keith LeClair, who is in his fifth season with the Pirates after a highly successful tenure as a player and coach at Western Carolina University, will be inducted into his alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame, WCU officials announced Tuesday.

LeClair will be officially inducted at a ceremony on the Western Carolina campus in Cullowhee, N.C., on October 12, 2002, as part of that school's Hall of Fame Weekend.

As a first baseman and outfielder, LeClair led the Catamounts to four consecutive Southern Conference championships (1985-88). he ranks among the top 10 in six different WCU hitting categories while posting a .375 career batting average. In 1988, he was named MVP of the Southern Conference Tournament, as well as being an all-conference selection.

In 1992, he became the Catamounts' head coach at the age of 25. In his first season in that capacity, he led Western Carolina to the Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships. The team, which finished with a No. 17 national ranking, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and came within one game of making the College World Series field, falling to Florida State in the championship game of the South Regional.

His 1994 team posted a school-record 45 wins and earned the program's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA postseason. In his six seasons at Western Carolina, he posted a record of 229-135-2, led WCU to four NCAA Tournament berths, and was Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1992, 1994, and 1997.

LeClair has continued that success since arriving at East Carolina in 1997. Currently the third-winningest coach in ECU history, his teams have won 46 or more games in each of the past three seasons, advancing to NCAA Tournament play each time, and have ranked in the national top 25 polls every week since the middle of the 2000 season. He has earned Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year and ABCA East Region Coach-of-the-Year honors twice.

As a player, assistant coach, and head coach, LeClair has been a part of 12 NCAA Tournament teams.

He is a 1988 graduate of Western Carolina with a degree in physical education.

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