Another round of furloughs and cutbacks are coming to ECU’s athletic department, Athletic Director Jon Gilbert announced in a “From The Helm” letter on Monday.

In May, the entire athletic department took a five-day furlough that helped cut the current revenue shortfall by $4.7 million. At that same time, four sports were discontinued, while the remaining 16 had their budgets reduced. The department as a whole also moved to eliminate numerous positions that are currently vacant.

On Monday, another round of cuts designed to further decrease the department’s deficit were rolled out. The furloughs and salary reductions announced today are effective Nov. 1, 2020 and run through June 30, 2021.

  • Football and men’s basketball head coaches will have their base salaries temporarily reduced by 20%.
  • Baseball and women’s basketball head coaches will have their base salaries temporarily reduced by 15%.
  • Coaches and staff members making greater than or equal to $100,000 will have their salaries reduced by 12%.
  • Coaches and staff members making $50,000 to $99,999 will have their salaries temporarily reduced by 10%.
  • Coaches and staff members making below $50,000 will be furloughed for 12 days.
  • A group of employees will be on an extended furlough ranging from six weeks to 35 weeks.

“These were not easy decisions but necessary ones as we continue to manage our budget for this year and future years,” Gilbert wrote in the letter. “Decisions that impact our staff financially coupled with the pandemic can affect the well-being of each staff member. I hold our staff in the highest regard and I sympathize for all of them as we work to offset our financial losses and navigate a path to sustainability.”

ECU football has been unable to accommodate more than 3,500 fans at a time this season. Against UCF, only 350 tickets were distributed to the families of student-athletes, while last Saturday’s contest was opened to 7% capacity. It is unclear what the capacity restrictions will look like moving forward as ECU continues to rely on the governor’s office for guidance.

Depending on what those attendance figures look like, more cuts could be expected as ECU attempts to balance its athletic budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

“While we are amid unprecedented times, I choose to remain positive and hope Pirate Nation will rally around our student-athletes and coaches,” Gilbert wrote. “We are committed to moving forward with dedicated staff, a terrific group of student-athletes and coaches who believe in our ability to be successful.”

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