The ECU volleyball team huddles up before a serve.

East Carolina University’s women’s volleyball team’s new head coach was officially given the position on June 24, Alder Augustin, who recently arrived on campus ready to lead the Pirates.

ECUDirector of Athletics Jon Gilbert announced in late March that there was to be a new head coach for the women’s volleyball team, leading to the position going to Augustin.

COVID-19 has created offseason issues for a number of sports programs at a number of universities and ECU has not escaped the virus’ impact. However, Augustin said Aug. 4 is the ideal start date for the volleyball team to come together. The players have not come together face-to-face yet, but Augustin said he has been in touch with his team as it prepares for the season.

“If we do get a chance to play,” Augustin said. “I think the plan for the season is to improve from where we left off last year as a team and also in the classroom.”

There are constant changes due to the pandemic, and Augustin is focused on taking it slow as far as bringing the team together. All the players will be tested once they arrive on campus, but for now safety is Augustin’s main objective.

“The information changes daily or weekly,” Augustin said. “So it's hard to have a plan and then two days later this plan is not going to work because some new facts come out. We’re going to wait until we get maybe a little closer so we can put some stuff on paper and follow those guidelines.”

Augustin is now the twelfth head volleyball coach in program history with a championship-caliber resume behind him. Prior to ECU, he coached at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) in Texas. Augustin helped to lead the university to three Southland Conference regular season titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

He was the assistant head coach at SFA from 2015-2018 and then the associate head coach in 2019. Through those years, he accumulated a 129-38 record with two conference championships. During his time coaching at SFA, 18 players were named All-Southland Conference and two were named all-region.

Augustin graduated from the University of Texas in 2007, where he also coached the men’s and women’s volleyball club teams from 2007-2013. He gained coaching experience at Austin Waldorf School as both the junior varsity and varsity head coach.

"I want to thank Jon Gilbert and Caroline Bevillard for presenting me with this opportunity," Augustin said in a press release from ecupirates.com. "I am very excited to begin this journey with East Carolina University.”

Augustin voiced his excitement and eagerness to join an institution that has success and embetterment for its student athletes in its sights.

“It is clear to me that the athletic department has a strong desire to improve our programs and the lives of our student-athletes. It is a great honor to continue building the vision of this great university. Again, I would like to thank Jon for believing in me and allowing me to be part of the East Carolina family,” Augustin said via the release.

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