Get to know the East Carolina Pirates
Location: Greenville, N.C.
Chancellor: Dr. Steve Ballard
Athletics Director: Jeff Compher
Football Facility: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (50,000)
Basketball Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (8,000)
Media Market: No. 99 Greenville-New Bern-Washington (307,610 TV households)
Sponsored Sports: 19
Men (9) — baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, swimming, indoor & outdoor track & field
Women (10) — basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor & outdoor track & field, volleyball
· East Carolina, which captured back-to-back Conference USA Football Championships in 2008 and '09, has played in bowl games in six of the last seven years.
· East Carolina baseball has advanced to NCAA Tournament Regional play in 12 of the last 15 seasons.
· The Pirates have consistently led Conference USA in football attendance, topping the league each season since 2008 with an average of 46,529. Since the completion of a 7,000-seat expansion project in 2010 that pushed the capacity of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to 50,000, ECU has set back-to-back school records in total and season average attendance with 300,069 and 50,012 in 2011, respectively. Nationally, East Carolina ranked 45th in 2012 with an average attendance of 47,013.
· The football program also has produced plenty of professional talent, as 11 former players occupy various roster positions in the National Football League, including All-Pro performers RB Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) and FB Vonta Leach (Baltimore Ravens), as well as Super Bowl champions DT Linval Joseph (New York Giants) and DE C.J. Wilson (Green Bay Packers). Former Pro Bowl and Super Bowl participants QB Jeff Blake, RB Earnest Byner, RB Tony Collins, QB David Garrard and LB Robert Jones also played collegiately at East Carolina.
· Rick Atkinson — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
· Jeff Blake — Former National Football League quarterback
· Sandra Bullock — Oscar-winning actress
· Ron Clark — Former Disney Teacher of the Year and author of the best-selling The Essential 55
· Beth Grant — Actress
· Chris Johnson — National Football League All-Pro running back for the Tennessee Titans
· Vince & Linda McMahon — Creators of World Wrestling Entertainment
· Robert Morgan — Former U.S. Senator
· Emily Procter — Actress
· Sandra Mims Rowe — Editor of The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
· Kevin Williamson — Creator of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Dawson’s Creek
· Kay Yow — Highly-successful women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State