New contract for ECU's Godwin
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Friday, September 7, 2018
East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin turned away more Southeastern Conference interest this offseason, and on Aug. 15 he signed a new contract with the Pirates that includes a one-year extension through June 30, 2023.
The contract also features raises for Godwin and assistant coaches Dan Roszel and Jeff Palumbo, and director of operations Pete Buscaino.
ECU hosted an NCAA regional in Greenville last season, and just days after the Pirates were eliminated by UNC Wilmington to end their season with a 44-18 record, Godwin was a lead candidate for the Mississippi State opening. He chose to remain at East Carolina and spent part of the summer in contract negotiations as he also worked as the USA Baseball collegiate national team hitting coach.
The previous contract called for Godwin to earn a base salary of $280,000 for the upcoming season, but the new deal is worth $375,000. He is slated for slight increases every year after until a base salary of $415,000 in 2023 for the final season of his contract.
ECU is conducting fall workouts and has a new indoor hitting facility attached to Clark-LeClair Stadium, which was part of facility upgrades in Godwin’s previous contract from 2016 after he was a candidate at Alabama.
“Each of the past three seasons has generated interest from Power 5 programs,” Godwin said in June when he announced he was committed to stay with the Pirates. “There is too much unfinished business here at ECU. I love this team and program.”
Some of the team performance incentives increased in Godwin’s new deal, including the bonus for making the eight-team College World Series bumping up from $35,000 to $50,000. Winning the CWS championship went from a $50,000 bonus to $100,000.
Godwin, a former Pirate player under coach Keith LeClair, was named American Athletic Conference coach of the year in his first season in 2015. The Pirates have won the AAC tournament twice during a four-year span, including the most recent tourney.
Hosting the Greenville Regional this year marked the second time the Pirates hosted at Clark-LeClair Stadium. They have been to the super regional round four times in school history, once under Godwin in 2016, but never made it to the College World Series.
Godwin has kept his staff mainly intact at ECU, highlighted by keeping recruiting coordinator Palumbo, pitching coach Roszel and Buscaino with Godwin for his entire tenure.
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