ECU's Kobe Gets 500th Win

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina Head Coach Rick Kobe became the sixth coach in NCAA history to register 500 career victories, as the Pirates swept a dual meet from William & Mary at Minges Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.

The ECU ladies improved to 10-0 with a 184-108 win, while the men recorded a 158-130 victory over the Tribe, to run their record to 6-2 overall.

In 32 years as the Pirates’ head coach, Kobe has compiled a career record of 500-180-1 winning eight conference championships and earning Coach-of-the-Year honors seven times. He joins Boston College’s Tom Groden (698), North Carolina’s Frank Comfort (578), Yales’ Bob Kiputh (528), Virginia’s Mark Bernardino (510) and current Georgia coach Jack Baule (505) as members of this exclusive club. Kobe is second only to Baule in wins among active coaches.

“You can’t do any of this stuff without good swimmers and good coaches,” Kobe said. “I’ve had great assistants, swimmers and divers come in here and we’re not stopping. We’re getting better and better every year. You can’t get any of this done without a ton of support.”

East Carolina’s women’s team will host Campbell next Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m., as the rest of the men’s team will begin its preparation for the Conference USA Championships Feb. 26-Mar. 1 in Atlanta, Ga.