East Carolina head football coach Mike Houston completed his assistant coaching staff with Friday’s official announcement of Steve Ellis as cornerbacks coach.

Ellis’ appointment to the Pirates’ staff extends a 17-year Division I coaching career that includes a recent assignment as defensive backs coach at American Athletic Conference foe South Florida. He also spent 10 seasons at Middle Tennessee State, and six at alma mater Nicholls (La.) State.

“While familiarity with our conference is certainly an added plus, his career experiences have been synonymous with development and success, and we are looking forward to the impact he will have on our young men,” Houston said.