East Carolina's All-Time Greatest Coaches
East Carolina University is located in the city of Greenville, North Carolina. The football team was founded in 1932 back when the university was know as teacher training school.
East Carolina plays at Dowdy-Fricklen Stadium and on Bagwell Field, but they didn't always play there. Prior to 1942 they played at College Stadium located on the main campus.
The coaches and administrative support is located in the Ward Sports Medicine Building, which is located adjacent to the stadium. Strength and conditioning for the players occurs in the Murphy Center, which is located in the west end zone of Dowdy-Ficklen.
The Pirates' scrimmages at adjoining practice facilities named the Cliff Moore Practice Facility.
East Carolina's main rivials are NC State, UNC, and Southern Mississippi, some of the other notable rivials are West Virigina and Virigina Tech.
Some of the the retired numbers are 29 and 36 which belongs to James Speight and Roger Thrift.
10. Bo Farley, 1936
Bo Farley was the third coach of the East Carolina Pirates and was the first coach to lead the team to an above five hundred record.
There was no picture of Bo Farley.
9. Bill Dole, 1949—1951
Bill Dole only coached East Carolina for three seasons but they were overall successful.
He finished his coaching career with an overall record of 15 wins and 14 losses and 1 tie.
His best season was the 1950 season were the team had seven wins and 3 losses.
8. Sonny Randle, 1971—1973
Sonny Randle only coached for three years but was another successful coach in a short amount of time.
He finished at East Carolina University with a record of 22 wins and 10 losses and the last two season finished with a record of nine wins and two losses.
7. John Christenbury, 1940—1941
John Christenbury coached multiple sports while at East Carolina—football, baseball, and even Basketball.
During his two season as the football coach he lead the two to a record of 13 wins and two losses. He was inducted into the East Carolina Hall of Fame in 1993.
He did not coach in 1942 because of the outbreak of World War II.
The Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium was named in the honor of Coach Christenbury on January 6, 1953.
Christenbury was killed in an explosion at Port Chicago, California on July 1, 1944.
6. Bill Lewis, 1989—1991
Lewis's most successful head coaching position was at East Carolina.
Bill Lewis lead the East Carolina Pirates to an 11-1 record and a Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina State.
The program had not had a winning season since 1983 before Lewis came there. Lewis served as head coach at East Carolina for three seasons before departing for Georgia Tech.
The 1991 Pirates finished the season with their highest national ranking (#9 AP Poll) and Lewis received 1991 National Coach-of-the-Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, United Press International and Scripps-Howard.
5. Jack Boone, 1952—1961
Jack Boone was the first coach to see East Carolina to a postseason bowl game, even through they did lose both of those games.
In 1952 they played their first bowl game when they played Clarion College in the Lions Bowl, but lost 13-6.
They repeated that performance and went to another bowl game in 1953, the Pirates became the North State Conference Champions and played in the Elks Bowl. They lost 12-0 to Morris-Harvey College.
Boone compiled a 49-45-5 record and in 1953, Boone was named as the Coach of the Year in the North State Conference after his team finished 8-2.
4. Skip Holtz, 2005—Present
Skip Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, and he has also coached under Hall of Fame coach Boddy Bowden.
Holtz has had a winning record at East Carolina every year after his first season in 2005, and he has lead the university to three straight bowls and will go to another one this year it is just a matter of which one.
Holtz has also only finished worse then second in the conference once (in 1995), and has lead the team to two consecutive conference USA championship games.
3. Steve Logan, 1992—2002
Logan served as the head coach of East Carolina from 1992-2002. He became the school's all-time winningest coach with a record 69 wins.
He also led the Pirates to five bowl games, including the 1994 St. Jude Liberty Bowl, the 1995 St. Jude Liberty Bowl, the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl, the 2000 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl, and the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
Logan's 1995 team finished with a 9-3 record and a No. 23 ranking in the final AP poll.
In 1996 ECU gave the Miami Hurricanes their worst defeat (31-6) in the Orange Bowl in 12 seasons.
In 1999, ECU upset #9 Miami at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, after Hurricane Floyd devastated Greenville. For this 9-3 season, which also included victories over West Virginia, South Carolina, and NC State en route to another bowl game. the team won the ESPN Spirit Award.
He resigned on December 7, 2002 after a "substandard" 4-8 season.
Three of Logan's quarterbacks; Jeff Blake, Marcus Crandell, and David Garrard went on to have careers in pro football
2. Clarence Stasavich, 1962—1969
During his eight years at East Carolina, Stasavich posted a 50-27-1 record.
In 1969, Stasavich was the third-winningest active coach after "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Johnny Vaught of Ole Miss.
In 1963 football season record was 9-1 with the schools first bowl game win against Northeastern University in the Eastern Bowl.
In 1964, Stasavich posted a 9-1 record again and beat Massachusetts in the Tangerine Bowl, 14-13.
The 1965 football season was a repeat of 1964, expect the Pirates won against Maine, 31-0 in the Tangerine Bowl.
Also in 1965, Stasavich help bring ECC into the Southern Conference. His love for the Southern Conference was shown when the conference named the football championship trophy the Clarence Stasavich Memorial Trophy.
He died October 24, 1975, a day before ECU beat UNC for the first time ever.
Stasavich was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in 1970, the ECU Hall of Fame in 1976, the National Association of Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Florida Citrus Bowl Hall of Fame in 1986.
1. Pat Dye, 1974—1979
Dye's first head coaching job was at East Carolina University.
Over six seasons, he achieved a record of 48 wins, 18 losses, and 1 tie (48-18-1).
He coached the Pirates to the Southern Conference championship in 1976 and posted at least seven wins in all six seasons in Greenville.
In 2006, Dye was inducted into the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame, and his 72.4% win rate is still the highest of any coach in East Carolina University history.