Loading...
BYH, have the courage to be disliked....

Roundup: Gilbert contacts coaching candidates

021019ECUbasketball-7.JPG

East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert watches ECU play Memphis in women's basketball in Minges Coliseum on Feb. 9.

Loading…

BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Research by East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert and prospective ECU women’s basketball coaches about the Pirates has begun.

Gilbert said Thursday that he doesn’t want to put an exact timeline on a hire, but he has worked toward identifying final candidates. ECU was led by three different head coaches since the start of last preseason, overcoming unique circumstances to finish with a second straight 16-15 record.

“I have developed a list and have people obviously more toward the top of the list and having conversations with them,” Gilbert said. “I want to learn more about them and have them learning more about us and asking questions. … I do think this is a good job, you just have to look at where we finished this year and that we went through a very non-traditional basketball season with the transition of multiple coaches.”

Former veteran coach Heather Macy resigned during the preseason amid an internal review led by the ECU athletics’ office of compliance, leading first to Chad Killinger serving as interim head coach and then Nicole Mealing taking over the lead role in December.

The Pirates tied for seventh place in the American Athletic Conference.

Gilbert added that he wants a new coach to have full freedom to hire their staff.

“When we bring in a new coach, that new coach will have the opportunity to interview the staff that is here and they will decide if they want to make them part of a new staff,” Gilbert said. “I have visited with our staff and with our student-athletes to talk to them about the process.”

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

Softball begins in AAC

East Carolina began its American Athletic Conference slate by going 1-2 at Memphis, falling 9-1 on Sunday in the rubber match when the Tigers posted a 10-1 advantage in hits.

Rachel McCollum was 4-for-4 in the Game 1 win by ECU (19-13, 1-2). Erin Poepping pitched all eight innings, striking out 11 Tigers (17-14, 2-1) in the victory, and also pitched a complete game in the series finale loss Sunday.

Tennis teams

East Carolina went 2-0 in tennis action during the weekend, including the Pirates’ women’s squad winning 4-2 at Temple.

ECU (17-2) won its 17th straight match and moved to 3-0 over American Athletic Conference opponents. The lone singles match that was a rout was engineered by ECU’s Alisa Diercksen at the No. 3 position with a 6-0, 6-0 decision.

The ECU men dominated in singles action at River Birch, defeating Presbyterian 5-2 for the Pirates (13-4) to improve to 7-1 at home.

Lacrosse loss

Despite an edge in the draw circle, the ECU women’s lacrosse team could not convert possession to goals and fell 15-8 to Longwood on Saturday for ECU (5-6) to drop its fifth straight game.

PCC wins three

Pitt Community College softball swept a rare tripleheader Saturday at Bryant & Stratton College, winning 6-3, 19-1 and 6-3. PCC (11-1, 8-0 Region X) is on a 10-game win streak.

Meghan Moore hit a grand slam in the 19-1 rout.

In baseball, the Bulldogs (14-6-1, 8-4 Region X) completed their sweep of Bryant & Stratton on Sunday with an 8-0 victory to outscore the visitors by a total count of 24-3 during the weekend. Hot-hitting Chandler Blackwelder hit a home run and John Owen struck out six batters in seven scoreless innings.

HIGH SCHOOLS

TRACK AND FIELD

The boys’ 3,2000-meter run at the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Nash Central featured South Central’s Fletcher Bost winning in 10 minutes, 9.36 seconds, and he was followed in order by D.H. Conley’s Peyton Walters (10:11) and Seth McKinney (10:29).

South Central, which got individual victories by Kayla Smith (400m, 1:04.51) and Aisha Taylor (shot put, 33-6.5), finished first in the boys’ standings.

Conley highlights were led by its boys’ 4x800 relay team of Eli Orians, Jalen Wilson, AJ Miller and Zach Tucker taking first to continue their undefeated season. A'riana Crumpler won the discus (103-4) and was second in the shot put.

BASEBALL

Cardinal Gibbons 4

J.H. Rose 3

Cardinal Gibbons led 4-0 after two innings and held off Rose’s late comeback attempt.

Grant Charles Jarman was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Rampants (8-3), who scored two of their runs in the seventh inning. Wade Jarman finished 2-for-3 and Ryker Galaska 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.

D.H. Conley 16

West Johnston 2

D.H. Conley’s 10-run second inning helped the Vikings cruise to their 10th win of the season.

Josh Lysaght and Robbie O'Neal led the offense for Conley (10-1), including Lysaght finishing with three hits and three RBIs.

Teach 14, John Paul 2

Eleven runs by the Teach Trailblazers paced them in a rout of John Paul II. Harrison Hardee was the winning pitcher and he went 3-for-3 with three runs scored at the plate.

SOFTBALL

D.H. Conley 6

Southern Wayne 0

Lauren Wiles was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts in the Vikings’ shutout win. On offense, Alexis Phillips was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, Lexi Phillips (2-for-4) hit a home run and Trinity Nichols was 2-for-3.

South Central 8

C.B. Aycock 2

South Central led wire-to-wire and finished with 11 hits in defeating Aycock.

Amya Evans was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. SC teammate Anna Mewborn (2-for-3) scored three runs.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

ECU

October 15, 2019

East Carolina basketball has a Miles James and a J.J. Miles this season.

Adding to the possible confusion between the two on a revamped Pirate roster is they are both tall guards looking to make this ECU team better at 3-point shooting compared to last year.

A unique thing about (J.J.) Miles, who…

101119_gdr_ecubasketball-10.jpg

October 14, 2019

One team could embrace newfound optimism Saturday in Storrs, Conn. For the losing team, frustrations will continue.

Connecticut is having football struggles as expected again this season, losing five straight games after a Week 1 victory against Wagner. Now the Huskies (0-3 in American Athletic…

Cincinnati Houston Football-5

October 14, 2019

One thing that stuck with Mike Houston as he navigated the East Carolina football practice fields during a bye week was the right level of commitment.

With ECU holding a 3-3 record halfway through the season, Houston said Monday that there are always exceptions with some players and especially…

100419_gdr_ecufootball-17.jpg

October 14, 2019

A total of 18 cross country teams are coming to Greenville for the most schools ever to compete in the Pirate Invitational held at Overton's Lake Kristi. The meet is scheduled for Friday evening.

"Teams are coming from the SEC, with South Carolina, and the ACC, Duke's men, and you have some…

5d9e40356cc89.image.jpg

October 14, 2019

North Carolina: The Sun Belt State?

It is Appalachian State, which plays in the Sun Belt Conference and already has wins this season against North Carolina and Charlotte, that takes over as the best college football team in the state over traditional Atlantic Coast Conference members. ASU is 5-0…

Appalachian St Charlotte Football-1

October 13, 2019

A clean outing by power pitcher Gavin Williams and big hits by Zach Agnos and Alec Burleson were highlights Sunday for the East Carolina baseball team, which couldn’t hold its early lead and lost 8-6 at Virginia in a seven-inning fall exhibition game. The teams stopped and then played seven…

022819ECUbaseball-9.JPG

October 13, 2019

Jake Kuchmaner is high-energy and Jason Dietrich has a lot of West Coast chill in him.

Their contrast in personality is intriguing for East Carolina's baseball team during fall practices and scrimmages as pitchers are getting more and more comfortable with Dietrich, a first-year pitching coach for…

060319QuinnBaseball-9.jpg

October 10, 2019

East Carolina's new-look basketball team faced a new challenge Thursday.

A solid turnout of fans sprinkled into Minges Coliseum and watched the Pirates' rare open preseason practice. ECU staffers handed out rosters to help people identify players, most of whom were recruiting targets and…

101119_gdr_ecubasketball-3.jpg

October 10, 2019

It used to be only Alec Burleson roaming from station to station at East Carolina baseball practices as a pitcher, outfielder, first baseman and standout hitter.

Burleson is focusing on defense, hitting and leadership this fall, resting his pitching arm after throwing 60.1 innings for ECU last…

060219ECUBaseball-7-2.jpg

October 09, 2019

Holton Ahlers is watching some as backups Bryan Gagg and Zach Gwynn, and maybe even Jsi Hatfield, take snaps at quarterback for this East Carolina football team this week.

ECU is using its first bye week, which comes with the Pirates holding a 3-3 record with six games remaining in the regular…

100419_gdr_ecufootball-19.jpg
218 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 22
        Next Page»   Last Page»