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New Pirate Look Planned

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David Carta, who has led the East Carolina football team onto the surface of Bagwell Field the past two years as a human pirate performer, has notified the ECU Athletics Department that he will no longer be able to perform the role as he will be enlisting for service within the United States Armed Forces this fall.

While the University will miss his talents, it would like to publicly recognize and thank him for his efforts and support, and wish him the best as he moves
forward with his military career. With Carta’s departure, a new pirate featuring a different look will lead Skip Holtz’s team onto the field in 2009.

Fans are encouraged to be in the stands early for the season opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 5 to witness his debut.

Historically, there have been a number of different pirates that have appeared at football games. This year, the athletics department has plans to develop a more permanent ECU-styled look for a human pirate that will be introduced at the beginning of the 2010 football season.

The ultimate goal is to make it a tradition for the pirate to raise the Jolly Roger flag before each game after leading the team onto the field. Certain standards that have been established as a starting point for determining the future look of the human pirate include the pirate statue that stands in front of the Ward Sports Medicine Building, the Pirate Club’s 2003 lithograph, the pirate description on, Carta’s costume worn the past few years and the attire of the pirate that will appear in 2009.

The ECU School of Theatre and Dance will also be involved in the design and development process as another long-term goal of this project is to have a student fulfill the role beginning with the 2010 season and beyond.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at