ECU head baseball coach Cliff Godwin will lead the Pirates’ through at least the 2025 season after inking a two-year contract extension on Thursday. Per a release from the university, […]
ECU head baseball coach Cliff Godwin will lead the Pirates’ through at least the 2025 season after inking a two-year contract extension on Thursday. Per a release from the university, Godwin’s position is now secured through June 30, 2025.
“I’m extremely grateful to Jon Gilbert, Ron Mitchelson, J.J. McLamb and the East Carolina University Board of Trustees for allowing me and our staff to continue leading this program,” Godwin said in the release. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be the head coach at ECU. There are very few people who have the opportunity to lead their alma mater and I hold that responsibility in the highest regard.”
This extension is the third since Godwin took over the program, with the first one coming in 2016. Godwin was then extended through the 2023 campaign after the 2018 season and his most recent two-year extension will include increased performance incentives, according to the release.
“I am extremely proud of what our players, staff and fans have accomplished over the last six years and they deserve all the credit,” Godwin said. “That said, we are striving every day to be better as a team on the field, better leaders, better students and continue to be great ambassadors for ECU. Go Pirates!”
In six years with the Pirates, Godwin has took them to four NCAA Regionals and made two Super Regional appearances. ECU has also won two American Athletic Conference Championships during his tenure and racked up three 40-plus win campaigns.
Godwin is 214-113-1 and is the third all-time winningest coach in program history.
“Our baseball program has achieved comprehensive success under Coach Godwin’s leadership and this contract extension is a deserving commitment to ensure that continues well into the future,” Gilbert said. “He embodies East Carolina’s values on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and exemplifies the best of what intercollegiate athletics represents.”
Godwin’s team is also fresh off turning in a team-best 3.61 semester GPA this spring. The Pirates have also amassed a collective GPA of 3.05 or higher in 11 of the 12 semesters under Godwin.
ECU was 13-4 this season before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of spring sports.