ECU Names Epperly As Basketball Assistant

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Larry Epperly, who has served the past 10 years as head men's basketball coach and athletic director at Limestone (S.C.) College, has been named assistant basketball coach at East Carolina University, Pirate head coach Mack McCarthy announced on Friday.

Epperly replaces former coach Chris Ferguson, who recently resigned to accept a similar position at Oklahoma State.

"Larry is an outstanding tactician and teacher of the game of basketball," said McCarthy. "His experience will be a great benefit to this team in the short term and for the Pirate basketball program in the long haul."

For the past 20 years, Epperly has been a head basketball coach at the Division II level. He earned his first collegiate head coaching job at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 1987 where he also served as assistant athletic director for 10 years before taking over at Limestone.

"This is a great opportunity to return to coaching at the Division I level," said Epperly. "East Carolina is a great school in a great conference and I'm very excited about becoming a part of it.

"I've been friends with Coach McCarthy for a long time and I've known coach Michael Perry for many years. I'm looking forward being a part of the coaching staff at ECU. I feel very blessed to have the chance to return to Division I coaching."

Last season, Epperly coached Limestone to a 20-9 record that included an 83-80 win over eventual Division II national champion Barton. In all, he won over 250 games as a head coach during his tenure at USC-Aiken and Limestone over the last two decades.

Epperly began his coaching career as an assistant at Emory and Henry College in 1974 after completing his playing career. After one year there, he became the head coach at Allegheny (Va.) County High School for three seasons before returning to the college ranks. He renewed his collegiate coaching career in 1978 as an assistant at Ohio University, where he remained for three seasons.

Epperly departed Ohio to return to his home state of Virginia, where he spent the next four seasons as an assistant to head coach Dick Tarrant at the University of Richmond. He was a part of a staff that won two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles, made two NIT appearances and an NCAA Tournament showing in which the Spiders advanced to the second round in 1984 by upsetting Auburn. Epperly helped recruit future NBA star Johnny Newman to Richmond before coaching on the staffs at James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth.

Epperly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College and a master's degree from Virginia Tech.