After leading his team back to post-season play, East Carolina head coach Billy Godwin was recently honored by his peers as the 2008 North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association (NCBCA) College/University Coach-of-the-Year. In 2002, Godwin also received the NCBCA Coach-of-the-Year award while at Louisburg College after guiding the Hurricanes to a sixth place finish at the College World Series.
Godwin, who owns a 335-134 overall record in eight years of coaching and a 73-49 mark in two seasons in Greenville, guided the Pirates to a 40-23 overall record and a second-place finish in both the Conference USA regular season and C-USA Tournament Championship. The Pirates also made a return trip to the NCAA Regionals earning a No. 2 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional and was ranked as high as No. 19 in the national polls for the first time since the beginning of the 2005 season.
“To be recognized by your peers is a great honor,” said Godwin. “This award will be shared with the coaching staff and players. Everyone has worked hard as we strive to try and obtain our goal of reaching the College World Series in Omaha.”
This past season, several Pirates earned individual honors under Godwin. Harrison Eldridge and Shane Mathews were named first-team All C-USA, while T.J. Hose, Dale Mollenhauer and Ryan Tousley were selected on the second-team. Kyle Roller was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team and the Inaugural Ping! Baseball All-Freshman Team after ranking among the league leaders in home runs with 11.
The Pirates are set to begin practice this Friday, Feb. 1 in preparation for its 2008 season opener against No. 2 South Carolina at Sarge Frye Field.