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New Baseball Coach Named

Billy Godwin was named the new head baseball coach at East Carolina University Oct. 28. He is the 10th person to lead the program. Godwin was named interim coach Oct. 10, and later approved as coach by the Board of Trustees.

“As I said during my introduction of Coach Godwin as our ‘acting’ head baseball coach, I do think this is a critical time in the history of our baseball program and I want to say that I have every confidence that we have the right man, at the right time, at the right place,” said Athletics Director Terry Holland. “I cannot tell you how comfortable I am turning the reins over to this gentleman. He will absolutely build a program that is built on trust and mutual respect that all of us can be proud of.”

Godwin, who succeeds Randy Mazey, arrived at ECU as an assistant coach in June after six seasons as head coach of Louisburg College.

“I’m extremely honored and thankful for the opportunity Coach Holland has given me,” Godwin said. “East Carolina is an unbelievable place and the fans have been very supportive of the players and coaching staff. I’m excited about the season ahead and look forward to the challenge of leading ECU to Omaha.”

At Louisburg, he posted an impressive 262-85 (.755) overall record. During the 2005 season, Godwin guided the Hurricanes to Region X regular season and tournament titles on his way to earning Region X Coach-of-the-Year honors. The 2005 Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 49-13 record and stood sixth nationally in the NJCAA Division I final regular season poll.

In 2004, the Hurricanes went 40-18 and claimed the top seed at the Region X Tournament before finishing the campaign as a regional finalist.

Godwin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Atlantic Christian in 1986 before following with a master’s degree in education from East Carolina University in 1995.

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 18, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at