Head Coach East Carolina University
Billy Godwin enters his third year as the head baseball coach at East Carolina University. After officially taking over the reigns of the Pirate ship on Oct. 28, 2005, Godwin has guided the Pirates to a 73-49 two-year record which includes wins over nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton, Houston, N.C. State, Pepperdine, Rice and Tulane.
Godwin led the 2007 Pirates to a 40-23 overall record collecting the most team wins since its 51 victories in 2004 and claimed a second-place finish in both the Conference USA regular season and C-USA Tournament Championship. The Pirates also made a return trip the NCAA Regionals earning a No. 2 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional and was ranked in the national polls for the first time since the beginning of the 2005 season.
In two years, Godwin has had 10 players earn all-conference honors placing three on the first-team and five on second-team, while having two on the All-Freshman squad. Six players have signed professional contracts and five have heard their names called in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft: Jake Smith (Oakland Athletics in 2006), Shane Mathews (San Francisco Giants in 2006 and Baltimore Orioles in 2007), Dale Mollenhauer (Chicago White Sox in 2007), Jason Neitz (San Francisco Giants in 2007) and Dustin Sasser (Chicago Cubs in 2007).