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Former Baseball Coach Dies After Extended Illness

Keith LeClair, East Carolina University’s head baseball coach from 1997 to 2002, died at his home July 17 following an extended illness. LeClair, 40, had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for the past five years.

During his collegiate baseball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach at Western Carolina University and East Carolina, LeClair was a part of 13 NCAA Tournament teams and earned five conference coach-of-the-year awards.

He officially relinquished his coaching duties June 19, 2002, two weeks after leading the Pirates to their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance before finishing with a 43-20-1 record. LeClair remained with the ECU Department of Athletics as a special assistant to the director of athletics until the time of his death.

This page originally appeared in the July 28, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at