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Athletics Student Development Staff

Nita Boyce

Nita Boyce
Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development
279 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Men's and Women's Tennis


This year marks Nita's 24th year with ECU. She guides all efforts of the program including academic advising and support services, student affairs services and academic eligibility compliance. She is also the academic coordinator for the men’s and women’s tennis programs. 

Nita earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s in Adult Education from ECU. She has been a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors For Athletics since 1992 where she has served on the New Member Committee and as editor of The N4A News national newsletter. 

In her spare time she enjoys travel and experiencing different cultures. She is also avid about the outdoors and nature and enjoys kayaking, biking and cross country skiing.


Jennifer Bonner
Assistant Director of Student Development
270 Ward Sports Medicine Building
E-mail: bonnerj@ecu.edu

A native of Washington, North Carolina, Jennifer Bonner grew up watching and supporting the Pirates. These ties to the university made East Carolina the natural choice for furthering her education. Jennifer received both her Bachelor's Degree in special education and her Master's Degree in recreational therapy administration from ECU. She taught in both the public and private sectors as well as in private mental health. Jennifer was excited to join the Office of Student Development in 2005 where she has served as the Learning Specialist and Tutor Coordinator. When not at the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time along the beaches of eastern NC with her family.

Brian O'Hara

Brian O'Hara
Assistant Director of Student Development

265E Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sport: Football

E-mail: oharab@ecu.edu

The 2018 season will represent Brian O'Hara's 11th year serving in ECU's Student Development Office.

Since his arrival on the ECU campus in September, 2008, he has worked exclusively with the Pirate football program in many hands-on academic-related capacities. In addition to communicating and overseeing all facets of academics and continuing eligibility efforts, Brian provides advisement and counsel for time management, life skills, careers and social development.

Prior to accepting a position on the East Carolina staff, Brian was an academic counselor and lab coordinator at alma mater Florida Atlantic for seven years where he worked with the baseball, football, men's basketball, men's golf, women's basketball and women's volleyball programs. 

He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from FAU in 1992 before earning status as a Certified Webmaster from the Boca Raton (Fla.) institution in 2000. 

Favorite quote: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kristen Cooney

Kristen Cooney
Academic Coordinator
282 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Women's Basketball, Women's Golf
, Volleyball, Lacrosse
E-mail: cooneyk17@ecu.edu 

Kristen joined the Office of Student Development in the summer of 2017.
Carlester Crumpler

Carlester Crumpler
Academic Coordinator

278 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Track, Men's and Women's Cross Country

E-mail: crumplerc@ecu.edu

A graduate of ECU with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology, Carlester currently serves in the Office of Student Development – Athletics as the Academic Coordinator for the ECU Women's Soccer Team, Men's and Women's Cross Country, and Track and Field Teams.  A member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), Carlester provides all facets of academic advising, for student-athletes, including management and monitoring of NCAA continuing eligibility.  He also serves as the Orientation Coordinator for incoming freshman student-athletes.

A former student-athlete at ECU (Football 1971-1973), Carlester "Crump" Crumpler, Sr. returned to ECU in 1988 as Director of Athletic Administrative Services.  In this capacity Carlester served as Recruiting Coordinator, Travel Coordinator, and a member of ECU's NCAA Compliance Team.  In addition to his position in football, Carlester also served 19 years as the Color Analyst for the Pirate Sports Radio Network/ISP Sports Network (1988-2006). Prior to this, Carlester spent time professionally as the Sports Director for WGTM Radio- Wilson, NC and the weekend Sports Anchor for WNCT-TV, Greenville, NC.

A Native of Wilson, NC Carlester enjoys spending time with his family and encouraging anyone under his counsel to protect and honor their family name with character, and to take advantage of his/her unique gifts, by giving their very best effort at all times.  His favorite quote, "Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not."

- Walter Bagehot

Ashleigh Hayes

Ashleigh Hayes
Academic Coordinator
265D Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Football

Ashleigh Hayes joined Student Development in March, 2018 as a football coordinator. Prior to joining the staff at ECU, Ashleigh was a learning specialist, tutorial coordinator, and academic coordinator at the University of Toledo. She received her Bachelor's in political science and a Master's in public administration from the University of Kentucky. While attending the University of Kentucky, she was also a track and field student-athlete.

Whitney Kimble

Whitney Kimble
Learning Specialist
244A Ward Sports Medicine Building
E-mail: tarverw17@ecu.edu

Whitney joined Student Development in June, 2017 as the learning specialist for Baseball, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

Rebecca Wade

Rebecca Wade
Academic Coordinator
280 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Baseball, Softball, Men's Golf
E-mail: mckenzier@ecu.edu  

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams - Interim
Academic Coordinator
281 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Sports: Men's and Women's Swimming
E-mail: williamsjoshu@ecu.edu

Cal Christian

Dr. Cal Christian
Faculty Athletics Representative

255 Ward Sports Medicine Building

Cheryl Bright

Cheryl Bright
Administrative Support
268 Ward Sports Medicine Building
E-mail: brightc16@ecu.edu


Kathy Pittman
Administrative Support Associate
254 Ward Sports Medicine Building

Kathy joined the Office of Student Development in January 2013 as Administrative Support for the Student Development Tutoring Program.  Prior to joining us, she worked with the College of Human Ecology, first at the Intergenerational Community Center managing the grant budget of the 21st Century After School Program, and later in the college office as assistant to the Dean.

She was born and raised right here in Pirate Nation, Greenville, North Carolina, and is proud to admit she, indeed, bleeds purple and gold.

Kathy is married to Alan, who she met while they were both students here at East Carolina University.  They are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth, Will, and Evan, who is a senior at ECU.