On Jan. 4, ECU lost one of its strongest supporters with the death of Ed Emory. Not only was Emory one of the best coaches we ever had, he was a good person who cared deeply about his school, his friends and the many young people that he coached, taught and mentored during his life.
His high school record was 77-7 and 26-29 at ECU, the only college where he wanted to be a coach. After going 7-4 in 1982 and 8-3 in 1983 — when ECU lost to Florida, Florida State and Miami by a total of 13 points — he was fired after going 2-9 in 1984. He got a raise in 1983, making his salary about $35,000.
I was the president of the Pirate Club in 1984 and can say without question that his firing was unjustified.
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