Cliff Godwin, a four-year Pirate letterman, has been officially announced as the new coach for the East Carolina University baseball team.
With his hiring, Godwin becomes ECU's 16th head baseball coach in the school's history and will be introduced to the community at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Harvey Hall inside the Murphy Center.
"It is an honor to be in a position to lead the East Carolina baseball program and serve my alma mater," Godwin said Wednesday. "I consider it a privilege to carry on Coach LeClair's legacy and represent not only the guys I played with, but all former Pirates who have made this a special place. My goal is to provide a product on and off the field people will be proud of and to develop good baseball players and even better human beings."
Raised in Snow Hill and a product of Greene Central High School, Godwin most recently served as Ole Miss' assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, where he helped lead the Rebels to their first College World Series appearance since 1972.
During his three-year tenure in Oxford, Godwin was an integral part of NCAA Regional teams all three seasons. He spearheaded recruiting efforts that garnered four Top 22 recruiting classes, including a No. 5 ranking in 2013 by Perfect Game, and had nine Major League Draft selections.
Prior to joining the Rebels, Godwin spent three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Central Florida, where he directed the Knights' offense and also served as recruiting coordinator.
In 2010, SEBaseball.com named Godwin C-USA Assistant Coach-of-the-Year as he played an integral role in the Knights' school-record and C-USA-record .343 batting average.
A former catcher for the Pirates from 1998 to 2001, Godwin mentored 2013 Johnny Bench Award Winner and first-team All-America selection Stuart Turner, who batted .374 and threw out 52 percent of base runners on steal attempts.
Godwin graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in management information systems. He is the son of Kathy Dail and Lewis Godwin of Snow Hill.
Cliff Godwin has been officially announced as the new coach for the ECU baseball team.
The announcement came during an ECU Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday evening.
Godwin played at East Carolina from 1997-2001 and helped the Pirates claim a pair of CAA Tournament titles as he served three years as the team captain.
Greenville -- Wednesday at 5:30 The East Carolina University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting where the board is expected to consider two personnel items, one of which being what WITN has confirmed through sources close to the athletic program will be the hiring of Cliff Godwin as the school's new head baseball coach.
Godwin played at East Carolina from 1997-2001 and helped the Pirates claim a pair of CAA Tournament titles as he served three years as the team captain. He helped lead East Carolina to three NCAA Regionals and a 2001 NCAA Super Regional berth. His senior season, he claimed first team All-Conference and All-East Region honors while being selected as a two-time Academic All-American.
Godwin also played for legendary ECU head coach Keith LeClair and currently wears the number 23 jersey at Ole Miss.
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