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.