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Mike Houston, East Carolina's new Head Football Coach, shakes hands with the new Athletic Director Jon Gilbert inside of the Murphy Center, Tuesday.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

First-year East Carolina head football coach Mike Houston announced the addition of 10 members to his initial Pirates’ staff on Friday.

All have assumed their duties immediately.

Among the additions are eight coaches who were on Houston's staff at James Madison, five on the offensive side of the ball and three on defense. Houston also confirmed that Brandon Lynch, who served as cornerbacks coach on the Pirates' previous staff for the past two seasons, has been retained in the same role.

Offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick (2005-2015) and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler (1987-1991, 1998-2002, 2005-2009) both return to an ECU program they helped lead to a collective 12 bowl game appearances and back-to-back conference titles.

From a support staff standpoint, Houston reported that John Williams Jr. will oversee the Pirates’ strength and conditioning program and that Dale Steele (1989-94, 2013-2015) has also returned to Greenville as director of football administration.

"I'm thrilled to introduce a staff which features a great combination of championship experience and youthful energy," Houston said in a statement. "Throughout their careers they have developed a proven track record of success at the highest levels, including the NFL and FBS, plus offer an energetic approach that matches their intensity.

"Not only have they been a part of winning programs and championships, all are men of high character who value the importance of family and embracing their community.”

Also named to the ECU staff was defensive coordinator Bob Trott, who repleces David Blackwell and also will coach safeties, along with Roy Tesh (special teams coordinator/bandit position), Drew Dudzik (outside receivers), Jeff Hanson (defensive line), Fontel Mines (tight ends/inside receivers/recruiting coordinator) and De'Rail Sims (running backs).

— ECU Media Relations

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