ECU's Lebo Gets Contract Extension

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina University has announced that an extension of head men’s basketball coach Jeff Lebo’s contract, which would help secure his position through the 2018-19 season, was approved Friday by the University's Board of Trustees.
“I have a tremendous appreciation for this great university and the confidence that Dr. Ballard and Terry Holland have shown in me,” Lebo said. “I will continue to do my best to lead this program in a positive direction.”

In his first season at the helm of the Pirates, Lebo led East Carolina to its first winning season in 14 years and its first postseason appearance since 1993. The Pirates finished the season at 18-16, their third-highest win total in school history and most by a first-year coach. ECU defeated UCF and then ousted top-seeded UAB to advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament for the first time.

One of the most improved teams in the country last season, the Pirates matched the biggest single-season turn around in school history by winning eight more games than they did the previous season. They also finished with an RPI ranking of 108, their highest as a C-USA member. It was the first time that ECU did not finish below .500 in league play, posting an 8-8 C-USA record and tying for seventh-place.

“Coach Lebo’s contract extension clearly shows that both Coach Lebo and East Carolina University are very happy with each other and wish to publicly express their intention to work together to build a great basketball program here at East Carolina,” Holland said.

ECU, which returns seven lettermen from last year’s squad, officially begins practice on Oct. 14. The Pirates will open the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 11 against Milligan College inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Season tickets for all 17 home games begin at just $100 with the Economy Plan and Young Graduate Plan and may be purchased online, by telephone (800-DIAL-ECU or 252-328-4500) or in person at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office.

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  • by realistic ECU grad on Sep 24, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Personally I am very skeptical when it comes to contract extensions in college sports,most of the extensions are not worth the paper they are written on. A few coaches have longevity at 1 school but most stay 4-5 years if they win they move on to other programs, if they lose they get fired, Lebo will be no different no matter what the extension says! I hope the pirates do build a competitive basketball program no matter who the coach is though.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Sep 24, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Best of luck to Coach Lebo and the Pirates.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    This a good move by Holland, if Coach Lebo is given the room and time to operate, he can start a winning tradition for Pirate basketball.
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      by Joker on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:04 PM in reply to Stan
      LOL!! Stop it LOL!!!
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        by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Joker
        Can you do better?
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      by Chuck on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to Stan
      Lebo is a good coach.Holland did the right thing by extending his contract. Give him some time & He will get ECU Basketball back on track.
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      by WAYLAND on Sep 24, 2011 at 05:12 AM in reply to Stan
      Completely agree. he has a long pedigree of making programs better. Who knows, there may be a shiny future on the horizon .. and that is the fear of those from the triangle .. that east carolina actually becomes relevant in basketball. Then they will have nothing to hold over the East.

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