GREENVILLE, N.C. - Tommy Atkinson has been named volunteer baseball coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head coach Billy Godwin Wednesday. Atkinson replaces Ben Sanderson, who recently accepted a full-time assistant coaching position at Florida Atlantic University.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Atkinson spent eight overall seasons at Louisburg College. He served as the programs head coach for the past three years, a position he took over after Godwin joined the Pirates' coaching staff in the summer of 2005.
As a head coach, Atkinson posted an impressive 124-49 record, including a 43-14 mark last spring and finished second in the league tournament. In 2007, the Raleigh, N.C. native helped the Hurricanes to a 41-17 record and was named Region X Coach-of-the-Year.
"We are excited to have Tommy Atkinson join our staff," said Godwin. "He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to East Carolina. He was a key factor in the success at Louisburg College as a member of my staff and for the last three years as the head coach."
From 1999 to 2005, Atkinson served as an assistant coach under Godwin where his primary duties included recruiting coordinator, third-base coach, hitting instructor and head coach of the developmental team. Offensively, the Hurricanes flourished under Atkinson's direction ranking among the statistical leaders in batting average and runs scored in Region X.
In addition to his stint at Louisburg, Atkinson's background includes head coaching positions in the Coastal Plain League (Fayetteville Swamp Dogs/2003) and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (Riverport Royals/2004 and Newport Gulls/2005-06) wooden-bat summer circuits.
Before his nine-year stay at Louisburg, Atkinson spent four years as the assistant coach at Millbrook High School and the head skipper for the North Raleigh American Legion, where his squad won the Western Division Area I championship and advanced to the state tournament in Granite Falls, N.C. in 2000.
Atkinson earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Mount Olive College, where he played baseball before following with a master's degree in counseling from Campbell University in 1996. He is married to the former Kathy Williford of Fayetteville, N.C., and the couple has two children (Gabrielle and William).