East Carolina University's men’s and women’s basketball teams have added to their coaching staffs, as Antwon Jackson has joined the men’s staff and Brittany Morris has been added to the women’s staff.
Jackson spent seven years as the assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati. While with the Bearcats, Jackson helped develop three All-Americans, 11 All-Conference players and helped to develop four players who went on to the NBA.
After leaving Cincinnati, Jackson joined Virginia Tech for the 2019-2020 season as the assistant coach. Jackson helped the Hokies put together a top 40-ranked recruiting class. He has helped build up programs such as William and Mary and the University of Massachusetts, and now under ECU head coach Joe Dooley he wants to be the ultimate team guy and help anyway he can.
“I want to help coach Dooley keep building, recruiting is a big piece, it is the lifeline of your program. You have to be able to bring players in, that’s the obvious, but you have to be good with the players and develop them on the floor,” Jackson said
Jackson is well aware of the talent that ECU possesses, having coached against the Pirates while with Cincinnati. He said he is excited to work with them and help them develop.
“I am excited to be with all these guys, I have had the chance to meet them all. We haven’t had a chance to be on the floor yet, but I am ready for everyone as a group,” Jackson said
The passion and noise that ECU brings has always impressed Jackson and now he gets a chance to work and build a program that Pirate fans can be proud of.
“I like all the things I hear about like the help from the administration. You go around Greenville you will see a lot of purple and gold; you see people wearing ECU gear. I love that,” Jackson said.
The women’s team added Morris to head coach Kim Mcneill’s staff after she spent three seasons with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. There, Morris served as assistant coach as well as the Seahawks' recruiting coordinator.
“I am from Raleigh, North Carolina. I have always been familiar with ECU, I’ve had friends say good things about the school. Coach Mcneill has done so well throughout her career and she has a good group of players and that is more exciting to me than anything,” Morris said.
Morris helped recruit the No. 100 recruiting class in the country in 2018, as well as helping the Seahawks sign the top class in the Colonial Athletic Association the past two seasons.
At ECU, Morris is focused on carrying over her past success and helping her new head coach in every way that she can. Morris has not met with the team yet, but she is aware of the talent it holds. Morris said she is ready to get with the team and work with all the players.
“I haven’t been a part of workouts yet, I have only seen the team on film. I am excited to work with everyone on the team. I am excited to work with the guards because I played guard, but I also love working in the post, so I am excited to be with everyone,” Morris said.
Morris is fully aware of the hype surrounding Pirate Nation and now she has a chance to be a part of the tradition and the community that goes with ECU.
“I think it is going to be great. I know the fans are always into it and a lot of alumni return to support the team. I’ve heard enough about how great it is, now it is time for me to experience it first hand,” said Morris
Their resumes show that Jackson and Morris are skilled recruiters and talented teachers. Similar to their past success with other programs, Jackson and Morris’ presence on the sidelines and in the locker rooms will greatly benefit the Pirates in getting the programs on the right track.