Terry Holland Updates ECU Coaching Search

Terry Hollands Address to the Pirate Nation courtesy of ecupirates.com:

The dynamics of college basketball at this time of the year present interesting challenges with equally interesting opportunities. Some of the coaches we would like to talk to have all been involved in some way with conference tournaments, either as coaches or as broadcast analysts, and many continue to be involved in post-season play in one way or another.

Therefore, we initially indentified a number of assistant coaches currently with high-level programs who also have had head coaching experience. Even though we could not talk to head coaches until their seasons ended, we were able to conduct telephone interviews with several assistant coaches prior to the start of the tournament frenzy. One of those interviews developed into extensive positive conversations, but we were unable to keep those conversations going.

During this time, we also took a long-shot chance at a Hall of Fame coach who now is in broadcasting. We had surprisingly positive results that continued through the past weekend. However, when I called him Monday to get his "final answer" and he whispered into the telephone "have to call you back, in the Cardinals' dugout and we just lost to the Mets on a ninth inning home run," I knew that he was not coming back into college coaching. He later confirmed that in an hour-long walk down memory lane after Tony LaRussa finally calmed down.

As the conference tournaments ended, the pool of candidates with head coaching experience began to expand as coaches who were not in post-season play were dismissed from their current positions. This expansion is a double-edged sword as it also means more athletic directors are competing for the most attractive candidates in the pool. There are several excellent candidates with ties to this area in the available pool at this time, and we are evaluating each through telephone and in-person interviews.

Those coaches who have exposed themselves to the highest levels of competition and who are not currently safely ensconced with guaranteed $2 million annual contracts will have some battle scars. College basketball is a brutal business with over 350 institutions in a bare-knuckle fistfight for recruits and the media limelight.

The Pirate Nation's welcoming response to battle-tested veterans like Skip Holtz, and now Ruffin McNeill, has been the most important first step in developing and now maintaining our momentum in football. We have an opportunity to develop similar momentum in men's basketball and that first step will be more important than ever if we are to finally become truly competitive in that arena.

We are looking for someone who has something to prove and who wants to do it here. It will then be up to the athletics department to provide the support we provided to football (facilities upgrades, creating an overall first-class environment, etc.) for basketball, while the Pirate Nation does its part in the stands and in other ways to show support.

As the athletic director, I made the decision to invest our rather limited resources at that time where we could get the greatest return on those investments. The unintended, but inevitable, result was that our basketball coaches and teams have attempted to shoulder a heavier load than was reasonable. As a long-time basketball coach, those were hard decisions for me, but the time has come for us all to invest in our basketball program financially and otherwise if we want it to succeed as our other programs are succeeding.


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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:52 PM
    Mr./Ms. Darth Bane: ECU has an AD who had to return $25K after circumventing the school rules to give one of his relatives a scholarship, HELLO? Discipline and leadership start at the top, period, HELLO? Back to discipline let me quote you a scary statistic. The following programs football, basketball and baseball have had nine discipline incidents since 31 Dec 09-the cheesecake bowl to the baseball players suspended. That is a lot of infractions in less than three months. To make matters worse ECU administration rewarded Mr. Holland with a salary increase. Had this happened anywhere else an AD with Mr. Holland's record would had walking papers given. Like I said if ECU fans accept mediocrity that complacently then don't bellyache about the teams not performing as expected. Good luck!
  • by Darth Bane Location: Korriban on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    Deadfish since you seem to have all the answers, why don't you take over as AD? You seem like a person/fish that enjoys a challenge...maybe you could be the missing link for ECU athletics. After all as you hinted in a previous post they are flawed and weak!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Mar 22, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    This coaching search characteristics: 1. An AD with credibility issues. 2. An inexplicable boring soap opera-ECU sports programs usually are, UHM? 3. Very little leverage or incentives other than a mild weather and low property taxes. 4. Having stated #3 to settle for mediocrity is about the only option. What else can you expect of the AD? BTW Houston(resigned) former BKB coach to be Tom Penders is available. Would ECU be able to afford his salary demands? Check: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5018573 So it goes...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    I wanna talk to sampson
  • by Rainman87 Location: Purple Ocean on Mar 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    How many of the coaching legends were bought anyway? Dean Smith had his effigy dangling from a tree. Ever see the guy that came up with that guy on ESPN or getting any TV time? Who was Mike K... B4 here arrived in Durham. There are great coaches that are content at the lower level divisions for a reason. Good basketball coaches are like any other coaches the evolve from within,
  • by roundball on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    Earl: Maybe Mr. Holland should double up as both AD and mens B-ball coach. The university would save money that could be put into a basketball program. P.S. I hear Ralph Sampson is available.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:49 PM
    Translation - The only thing worse than ECU's record in basketball is my record in hiring basketball coaches. While it is true that I am clueless as an athletic director, a couple of my hires - Holtz and Godwin, turned out to be better than expected. Heck, I still have one of them on staff so I'm batting .500 (as long as you forget that I killed the soccer program and basically starve every team except football and baseball). If Skip had lost a few more games, we probably could have kept him. I'm hoping to get lucky again, but this is basketball at ECU, so what credible coach would want to come here and end his career?
  • by BoBo the 1 legged Clown Location: NC on Mar 16, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    I'm available. I don't have a losing record, come to think of it I don't have a record at all, but I don't have a losing one. And my wife thinks I'm cute in a suit.
  • by Billy Location: Winterville on Mar 16, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    Bobby Lutz?Former Charlotte 49's coached fired monday. He Is Available.Looks like a good fit for ECU.

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