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New contract for ECU's Godwin

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Cliff Godwin, East Carolina's baseball coach, speaks during an NCAA Greenville Regional pep rally on May 31, 2018.


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.

Con­tact Ron­nie Wood­ward at rwood­ward@re­flec­tor.com, 252-329-9592 and fol­low @Ron­nieW11 on Twit­ter.


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