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ECU: Pirates add safeties coach

Pirates add safeties coach


East Carolina head football coach Scottie Montgomery during his early signing period news conference on Dec. 20, 2017.


ECU, Staff reports

Friday, January 12, 2018

Daric Riley has was named East Carolina football’s safeties coach on Friday, according to an announcement from head coach Scottie Montgomery.

Brandon Lynch was in charge of the Pirates’ entire secondary last season, but he is now listed as cornerbacks coach with Riley set to guide the safeties.

Riley’s appointment ends a three-season stay at SMU, where he served as a quality control assistant and special teams analyst. He owns 19 overall years of coaching experience, including 12 at the Division I level and 11 working directly in the secondary.

“We’re excited about having an individual with Daric’s credentials and wide range of experience on our staff,” Montgomery said. “He is a perfect fit with a significant change in our defensive philosophy and point of attack, plus his familiarity with our conference and this particular region of the country will only enhance our recruiting efforts.”

While with the Mustangs, Riley helped a unit that rated among the nation’s best in blocked kicks with statistical ranks of seventh, 23rd and 11th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. He also was part of a SMU that made a DXL Frisco Bowl appearance in 2017 before finishing with a 7-6 record.

Women at last-place SMU

Fresh off its first American Athletic Conference victory of this season and a big moment for eighth-year coach Heather Macy, the ECU women’s basketball team is in Dallas on Saturday afternoon to take on the last-place SMU Mustangs.

ECU (9-8, 1-3) beat Tulsa 73-67 in Greenville on Wednesday behind post player Destiny Campbell’s breakout double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the win gave Macy the top mark in program history with 127 career wins. The Pirates needed a brief comeback during the final two minutes to stop a three-game losing streak, but they also were in control for most of the game by leading for 35:03 of the 40 minutes.

Campbell was joined in double-figure scoring by Salita Greene (16), Ariyana Williams (11) and Alex Frazier (10). Greene and Campbell went 14-of-21 combined on field goals.

“It was nice to get a win in the league and kind of get that moving forward and off our back,” said Macy, whose team leads the league in offensive rebounds.

SMU (6-10, 0-3) comes in on a four-game losing streak.

The Pirates are 9-7 all-time against SMU, including a 4-2 mark since 2013. The Mustangs did win the last matchup, 60-54, during last  year’s AAC tournament.


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