The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract extension and a $10,000 annual raise for Billy Godwin, head coach of the ECU baseball team. The contract modification extends Godwin's contract until June 30, 2011, and increases his salary to $102,500 per year.
"Billy has done a remarkable job for ECU Baseball," East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. "He has restored respect for our program among all constituencies and that is paying huge dividends on the recruiting trail, particularly in our region.
"This past season's truly difficult schedule allowed us to measure ourselves against many of the nation's elite programs and it is obvious we are closing the gap," Holland added. "Omaha is our goal!"
Godwin will enter his third season at the helm of the baseball program in 2008 after officially taking over the top position on October 28, 2005. He joined the staff as an assistant coach June 9 after six successful seasons as head coach of Louisburg (N.C.) College and guided the Pirates in a brief interim capacity later that fall. His appointment to the top position made Godwin the 10th head baseball coach in school history.
In addition to leading East Carolina to an overall 40-23 mark in 2007, Godwin directed the Pirates back into the national polls and post-season play when they competed as a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. While notching the program's first 40-win season since 2004, Godwin's club also completed Conference USA play with a 14-9 record and a second-place finish behind College World Series participant Rice.
"I am extremely excited about the future of East Carolina Baseball," Godwin said. "Stability is the key to any successful program. Our coaching staff is committed to recruiting and developing the most talented players that reflect well on the university, the community and our program. We will continue to strive to make East Carolina one of the top baseball programs in the country."
Godwin, who has posted a 73-49 mark in two seasons at ECU and possesses an eight-year overall collegiate coaching record of 335-134, produced five All-Conference USA performers last spring - RHP Shane Mathews, OF Harrison Eldridge, SS Dale Mollenhauer, OF Ryan Tousley and RHP T.J. Hose. Rookie DH Kyle Roller earned All-Freshman honors from the league and Ping!Baseball after topping the team with a .658 slugging percentage and contributing a team co-leading 11 home runs.