Athletic Director Terry Holland Talks About ECU's Football Future

ECU Athletic Director Terry Holland gave a press conference on the ECU campus in Greenville Friday about the departure of Skip Holtz and the future of the football program.

We'll be posting the video here on witn.com shortly.

Holland said this came as a surprise this time of year, as head coaching changes normally come at other times.

The search has begun, he said, to "find someone who fits our needs."

Holland said the preference is to find a head coach with experience because managing and hiring a staff is a big part of what a head coach does today.

Holland referenced the stadium expansion, when talking about how a head coach has to help sell season tickets. He said being a head football coach in these times is much more than being a football coach, so he feels it is critical to have someone with experience.

Holland said that doesn't mean ECU will exclude people without experience, but ECU's goal is to find someone with experience.

Holland said all the coaches on the current staff are being talked with tomorrow, to see if they are interested in being a candidate and to hear anything else they have to say.

Holland said most likely, anyone who puts his hat in the ring for a chance to be head coach will most likely not be a candidate for interim head coach.

He said ECU has already signed 22 player prospects, so "we're in good shape."

Holland said ECU has a profile of what they are looking for, referencing Holtz.

"He did a heck of a job for us," Holland said, thanking Skip Holtz, as well as his family.

Holland also said he expects managing the media during the search will be a difficult task, alluding to the media coverage of Holtz's departure.

He said money won't be an issue in finding the next head coach, but getting the right fit for ECU is key. He said ECU has "an attractive situation," but he said the timing is tough with some coaches not being as available now as they might have been at other times.

Holland went on to say "we have a sound program," and there are a lot of good coaches out there.

"This is big for us," he said.

WITN learned Friday that Vernon Hargreaves, East Carolina's defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator, is leaving for South Florida to coach with Skip Holtz.



Previous quotes from Holland:

"Skip Holtz and his family have transformed our expectations of ourselves and our athletic program while contributing to every aspect of our community," ECU Athletics Director Terry Holland said Thursday after the news about Holtz was announced. "They will be missed, but have provided ECU with a solid foundation for future success. It will be up to us to build on that foundation. There has never been any doubt in my mind that the Pirate Nation is the strength of our future and Coach Holtz helped increase the number of members significantly."

"Our search process will begin immediately," Holland added. "We will be seeking a coach who can provide strong leadership and will be able to assemble a staff that will allow us to reach the substantial goals we have set for ourselves."


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  • by nater Location: fl on Jan 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    Mike Leach would be good for our squad....this is from Orlando...... http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college/2010/01/east-carolina-should-hire-a-true-pirate-mike-leach.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A sports%2Fcollege%2Foncampus %28College Gridiron 365%29
  • by pirate fan on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    Give Charlie taaffe, the OC at UCF,a good hard look. While at The Citadel,he took them to a regular season #1 ranking,if you can win there you can win anywhere. He has been a head coach in college and in pro football in Canada. Charlie has been coaching for 35 plus years and most of those on the winning side.
  • by BC Pirate on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    Anonymous @ 206, Hamrick wasn't the one that Kept Steve Logan from recruiting the last 3 years of his tenure.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jan 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    TH Can we just get back to what made us great, Steve Logan!!!! Crazy but true and Hamrick messed that up GO PIRATES
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 08:01 AM
    Jeff jag is the best hire bc money name and a proven winner I will burn my degree and drop my season tickets if we take a small name coach. Th knows what he is doing and I trust him
  • by Bary Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Stockstill will be a solid choice if Terry Holland goes in this direction. Yes, I remember his one year at ECU as OC (not sure if this year and the next are a memory, a nightmare, or some of both). But, he was not responsible. We had a coach at the time (I'll not mention name) that was totally clueless. Stockstill, to his, credit, knew this and bailed after 1 yr. He has these things going for him: 1. great x and o ability. 2. proven HEAD coach (very different job than a coordinator)3. excellent recruiter and VERY well established in the Carolinas and the SE given his years at Clemson and USC-east. 4. (and maybe most importantly) proven ability to attract a top notch staff given the respect he has developed in CFB. Plus, he will have more $ to spend on staff here vs. MTSU. Bring most of that staff and keep a staff or two already here that Holtz does not take to USF and it will be very solid. I saw MTSU clobber USM in bowl game. They beat USM much more convincingly than we (ECU) did.
  • by blackbeard Location: nags head on Jan 17, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    BOW-DEN....BOW-DEN.....BOW-DEN...you hear the chant?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Greg Hudson won most of the games with his defense. Bring him back. I am sure his house is still for sale in Greenville.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 17, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    OKAY Pirate nation check this link posted @ 1901 EDT on 16 Jan 10: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4832433 Please post your opinions regarding the link above. Good luck Pirate nation.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 17, 2010 at 02:33 AM
    Brandon: Is ECU able to pay at least $1.75Mil-$2Mil to Mr. Bowden? You get what you pay for? Bigger schools with bigger stadiums can afford to pay those salaries. Also bigger schools mean bigger cities with a larger population. Greenville is NOT even among NC top five most populated cities. If I were the AD I'd go after a top coordinator that will take the HC job for $300K-$400K which is more in line with your(ECU)logistics.If I make $40K/Yr can I afford a $55K Corvette? The easy answer of course is NO! That is the point. Again that nagging cliché: It is what it is...
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