ECU Hires New Basketball Coach

Ricky Stokes has been appointed head men's basketball coach at East Carolina University, director of athletics Terry Holland announced during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the Murphy Center. Stokes, who has played an active role on coaching staffs which have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances since 1991, including two Sweet Sixteen and one Elite Eight showings, will officially end a two-year assistant coaching position on the South Carolina staff effective at the conclusion of the Gamecocks' participation in the 2005 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Stokes, 42, becomes East Carolina's 21st head men's basketball coach in the school's all-time history and directly succeed Bill Herrion, who recorded a 70-98 record in six years guiding the Pirates' program. You can watch the press conference on