East Carolina, which three weeks ago said it would not bring back coach Billy Godwin, on Wednesday selected Cliff Godwin—no relation—as its new head coach.
Cliff Godwin, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi, was a catcher at ECU from 1998-2001, helping the Pirates reach the super regionals in 2001.
He also had coaching stops at UNC Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, LSU and Central Florida.
"It is an honor to be in a position to lead the East Carolina baseball program and serve my alma mater," Godwin said. "I consider it a privilege to carry on Coach (Keith) LeClair's legacy and represent not only the guys I played with, but all former Pirates who have made this a special place. My goal is to provide a product on and off the field people will be proud of and to develop good baseball players and even better human beings."
Prior to joining Ole Miss, Godwin spent three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Central Florida, where he directed the Knights’ offense and also served as recruiting coordinator.
Tim Corbin, coach of College World Series champion Vanderbilt, said Godwin “is just a tremendous and passionate baseball person. I was fortunate to be around him for a year and a half at Vanderbilt … He loves recruiting, loves hitting and just loves the game, and he is a great fit for East Carolina.”
UCF coach Terry Rooney echoed Corbin, calling Godwin “one of the best coaches and recruiters in the nation. His incredible ability to develop and relate to players, along with his relentless recruiting approach, has led to enormous success everywhere he has been. He is going to be an outstanding head coach and is the perfect choice to lead ECU Baseball.'”
Billy Godwin coached the Pirates for nine seasons, compiling a 317-216-1 record, with five NCAA regional appearances. The past two seasons, though, despite the presence of Jeff Hoffman for a portion of that time, the Pirates went 31-26 and 33-26, missing the postseason.