Cliff Godwin has been committed to East Carolina University, turning down two SEC head coaching jobs in the last three years, determined to lead his alma mater to the College World Series. ECU reciprocated its commitment to Godwin Thursday, announcing a one-year extension of Godwin's contract as head baseball coach.
The new agreement, approved by the University Board of Trustees and announced by athletic officials Thursday, extends Godwin's existing contract to June 30, 2023.
"I'm extremely grateful to Chancellor Staton, Dave Hart and the East Carolina University Board of Trustees for allowing me and our staff to continue leading this program," Godwin said. "It's an honor and a privilege to be the head baseball coach at ECU. There are very few people who have the opportunity to lead their alma mater and I hold that responsibility in the highest regard.”
ECU baseball has been extremely successful under Godwin in four seasons so far, sporting a 154-91-1 record (.628 win percentage). ECU has gone to three NCAA Regionals, including hosting the 2018 Greenville Regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium, one Super Regional appearance in 2016 and has won American Athletic Conference Tournament titles in 2015 and 2018 with Godwin as head coach.
Godwin was named the 2015 American Coach-of-the-Year, was the first skipper in program history to win 40 games in his initial season and guided ECU to its first postseason appearance since 2012.
Eight players have earned All-American status since 2015, seven were NCAA All-Regional selections, 12 were named all-conference (11 first-teamers), while six were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
ECU has excelled in the classroom also under Godwin by registering a 3.05 or higher grade point average in seven of eight semesters, including a team-best 3.52 in the Fall 2017 semester. Since Godwin took over, 125 student-athletes have been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll, while over 50 Pirates have earned inclusion on The American All-Academic Team maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA.
Following the 2018 season, the Pirates earned their third-straight American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and AAC Team Academic Excellence Awards.
In the community, the Pirates have donated over 4,000 hours working with programs in the Pitt County area such as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Team IMPACT, Riley's Army, Cypress Glenn Retirement Community Flood Relief, Red Cross, First Born Community Development Center, ACES for Autism, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital.
Recently, ECU baseball went to New Bern to help clean up homes that were damaged by Hurricane Florence as part of ECU’s Undaunted Recovery.
"I am extremely proud of what our players, staff and fans have accomplished over the last four years and they deserve all the credit. That said, we are striving every day to be better as a team on the field, better leaders, better students and continue to be great ambassadors for ECU. GO PIRATES!"
ECU begins its fall scrimmages this weekend and is set to host the University of Virginia on Oct. 6 for an exhibition match at Clark-LeClair Stadium.