ECU won't keep baseball coach Godwin

Greenville, NC ( - East Carolina has decided not renew the contract of head baseball coach Billy Godwin.

Godwin signed a three-year extension through the 2014 season in 2009 after the Pirates reached the super regionals of the NCAA Tournament. He spent nine seasons guiding the East Carolina program and compiled an overall record of 317-215-1 with five NCAA Tournament regional appearances.

The Pirates were 31-26 in 2013 and 33-26 this past season.

"I would like to thank coach Godwin for his nine seasons of dedicated service to ECU," said East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher in a statement on Monday. "He has always been a great representative of our university and an exceptional colleague in our department, who has exhibited dignity and class throughout a difficult situation and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him."

Godwin first joined ECU as an assistant in June 2005, then was elevated to the interim head coach post four months later before taking over on a full-time basis in October 2005.

"I am extremely proud of and thankful for all of the players and coaches I have worked with," said Godwin on Monday. "We have averaged 37 wins a year on the field, graduated players and have 14 former Pirates playing in professional baseball. I will have nothing but great memories about my time spent as a Pirate."

Prior to joining ECU, Godwin had a record of 262-85 at Louisburg College in North Carolina from 1999-2005.