Joe Dooley introduced as ECU's new head basketball coach

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - ECU's new head basketball coach was introduced today during a press conference.

Held at the Murphy Center, ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton provided remarks before calling newly minted head coach Joe Dooley to the podium to be presented with a pirates jersey.

Dooley took questions from the media, with many focusing on this being the coach's second time at the helm of the pirates basketball team and having family here in Eastern Carolina.

"It's neat to be able to be near my parents. My parents are probably more happy that they can see my son then they are to see me, they've probably had enough of me over the years they'll enjoy having their grandson around. It's a good situation," said Dooley.

Sports Director Billy Weaver will have a full report on coach Dooley's introduction tonight at 6.

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East Carolina University has a new head men's basketball coach.

Trustees this afternoon unanimously approved the hiring of Joe Dooley to return to the university for his second stint as basketball coach.

The five year contract pays Dooley a base salary of $400,000 a year through May 31, 2023. ECU will also pay him $275,000 a year to help promote season ticket sales and fund raising efforts.

Dooley will also receive an additional $225,000 for his first year, and increasing to $325,000 in the final year for his weekly broadcast program.

Dooley coached at ECU from 1991-1999 and was the head coach of the Pirates starting in 1995. His .523 winning percentage is the highest in ECU's Division 1 history.

Dooley's second appointment comes 19 years after he was let-go in 1999 after taking over the program from Eddie Payne.

Now nearly two decades older, and with 10 years of top-tier assistant coaching experience and two NCAA berths as a head coach at Florida Gulf Coast under his belt, Dooley's back.

The 52-year-old was arguably the first name to emerge as the man to take the job shortly after former head coach Jeff Lebo resigned last November, six games into the season.


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A source tells WITN that Joe Dooley has verbally agreed to return to Greenville for his second stint as head men's basketball coach of the Pirates.

The East Carolina Board of Trustees are set to have a meeting Wednesday, April 4 to reportedly approve the pending deal with Dooley.

There will be a press conference on Thursday, April 5 to introduce Dooley as the next head coach of ECU.

Dooley coached at ECU from 1991-1999 and was the head coach of the Pirates starting in 1995. His .523 winning percentage is the highest in ECU's Division 1 history.

Dooley's second appointment comes 19 years after he was let-go in 1999 after taking over the program from Eddie Payne.

Now nearly two decades older, and with 10 years of top-tier assistant coaching experience and two NCAA berths as a head coach at Florida Gulf Coast under his belt, Dooley's back.

The 52-year-old was arguably the first name to emerge as the man to take the job shortly after former head coach Jeff Lebo resigned last November, six games into the season.

Dooley was Bill Self's top assistant at Kansas from 2003 to 2013 and took the Florida Gulf Coast head coaching job in 2013.

Dooley has led the Eagles to 21 or more wins and the postseason all five years in Fort Myers, including two NCAA appearances (2016, 2017) and a pair of NIT berths (2014, 2018).​