Alec Burleson (left) and new associate head coach Jeff Palumbo (right) on the field during an ECU game.

Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Palumbo has been officially promoted to associate head coach of the East Carolina University baseball team.

Head coach Cliff Godwin made a formal announcement on Monday that promoted Palumbo to his new position and praised his work as a recruiter and coach.

“There's nobody more deserving of this award than Jeff,” Godwin said during the announcement.

Palumbo has been on staff with the Pirates since 2014, after ECU left Conference USA Athletic Conference to join the American Athletic Conference.

“He has been my right hand man since the first day I accepted the head coaching position at ECU. He is a tremendous recruiter and a coach who is loyal to our program. He cares about our players and knows how to develop them to their fullest potential,” Godwin said.

According to a press release sent out by ECU’s athletic department, Palumbo has recruited and mentored four All-Americans, three freshman All-Americans, six Major League Draft selections and 11 All-American Athletic Conference performers.

He has also had two consecutive top 25 ranked recruiting classes, with the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 classes. In 2016, Palumbo was also voted the No. 28 college baseball recruiter in the country, by Division I baseball coaches across the country and was posted on

Palumbo’s teams were ranked No. 22 in fielding percentage for the 2018 season, No. 32 during the 2019 season, and now hold the ECU and AAC record for single-season sacrifice bunts, with 72 in the 2019 season.

All of these accolades have been achieved within his five years of being on staff for the Pirates.

Palumbo has previously coached at George Mason University, the University of Central Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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