Godwin gets contract extension
By Ronnie Woodward
The Daily Reflector
Friday, July 29, 2016
A summer that included a lengthy NCAA tournament run by Cliff Godwin’s East Carolina baseball team, and Godwin being courted by Alabama, has led to the Pirates giving their coveted head coach a new contract through June 25, 2022.
The three-year extension was approved by the ECU Board of Trustees and announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Compher on Friday.
The contract provides financial upgrades for Godwin and his assistants and details upcoming facility improvements, including the design for a hitting facility to begin no later than Sept. 1. The coach’s base salary for 2016-17 was $185,000, but now is $270,000.
His base salary reaches as much as $295,000 for 2021-22, while the highest in the original contract was $195,00 slated for 2018-19.
Godwin completed his second season with the Pirates in early June after nearly getting ECU to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series for the first time in school history. After winning the NCAA Charlottesville Regional as the No. 3 seed, the underdog Pirates won Game 1 at Texas Tech in a super regional before dropping the next two contests in Lubbock, Texas.
“In two short years Cliff Godwin has proven he was born to be ECU’s head baseball coach,” Compher said in a statement. “He has hired an outstanding staff, built a bond with his team, won a conference championship and then took this year’s team further in postseason play than any other Division I program in our history.
“He and his team accomplished all of this while also performing at an exceptionally high level in the classroom, completing this academic year with the highest GPA of all the baseball programs in the American Athletic Conference. His team epitomizes the term student-athlete.”
The facilities section of the contract calls for scoreboard upgrades, artificial turf for foul territory and bullpens, backstop pads and stadium graphics to be done by next season.
Godwin, a former Pirate player under late coach Keith LeClair, is 78-44-1 in his two seasons at ECU. The Pirates made the NCAA tournament both seasons.
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished on and off the field over the past two seasons,” Godwin said. “Our players, staff and fans deserve all the credit. That said, we won’t be satisfied until we get Pirate Nation to Omaha.”
The amount owed if Godwin accepts other employment is as much as $200,000 if that happens by June 30, 2017, and is $150,000 for most of the remainder of the contract. Those numbers are $100,000 or $125,000 more than the corresponding years from the previous deal.
“I would also like to thank the Board of Trustees and the leadership at East Carolina who recognize what Cliff’s leadership means to the success of our baseball program,” Compher said. “With this new contract and the support of our strong fanbase, I know we all look forward to many more successful seasons for Pirate Baseball, on the field and in the classroom.”