Dooley at practice

East Carolina basketball coach Joe Dooley directs players during practice on June 8, 2018.

East Carolina teams in football and men’s basketball continued to distance from the minimum 930 threshold with the latest round of multi-year academic progress rate scores released by the NCAA, which is one score produced from data from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

ECU basketball had a multi-year APR score of 935 for a four-point increase from the previous year. The Pirate football score was 938 compared to 937 from a year ago.

The NCAA requires teams in all sports to achieve a 930 or better to compete in the postseason and avoid other consequences.

ECU still ranked last in the American Athletic Conference in both football and men's basketball. Temple basketball had a 1,000 score and Cincinnati was tops in football at 990.

Leading for the Pirates were women’s golf and women’s cross country both with perfect multi-year APR marks of 1,000. The rest of the ECU scores were: women’s lacrosse, 995; men’s golf, 994; women’s tennis, 993; softball, 993; women’s swimming and diving, 989; baseball, 988; volleyball, 984; men’s cross country, 979; women’s track and field 977; men’s tennis, 976; women’s soccer, 974; men’s swimming and diving, 967; women’s basketball, 961; men’s track and field, 961; football, 938; men’s basketball 935.

The Pirates in men’s basketball had a multi-year APR score of 932 in 2014-15 and then consecutive scores of 951 before dropping to 931 in 2017-2018. After a 10-20 record and two coaches for the 2017-18 season, Joe Dooley was hired from Florida Gulf Coast in April of 2018 to return as Pirate head coach.

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