Countdown to Conference USA: Get To Know ECU

July 1 will be an important day for the Charlotte 49ers as it will be their first back in Conference USA. So beginning today and running until the 30th, we’re taking a look at all the C-USA teams going in alphabetical order–starting with ECU today and running to UTSA. We’ll also profile the affiliate members (Kentucky, New Mexico and South Carolina–men’s soccer; Colorado College–women’s soccer).

East Carolina University
Nickname: Pirates
Location: Greenville, NC–pop. 86,107
Enrollment: 26,947 (fall 2012)
ECU is entering their final season in C-USA before switching conferences and moving to the new American Athletic Conference in 2014. That means that these two teams, who have developed an attractive in-state rivalry, will be conference mates for only one year.

Sport-by-sport year in review
Football (8-5, 7-1)
Home field: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Ruffin McNeill’s squad just missed a bid to the C-USA championship game (via a head-to-head tiebreak in the East Division to UCF) but advanced to the New Orleans Bowl, where they fell to Louisiana.

Men’s Basketball (23-12, 9-7)
Home court: Williams Arena
Jeff Lebo led the Pirates to a CIT appearance, where they came away with a last-second victory over Weber State to win the title.

Women’s Basketball (22-10, 11-5)
Home court: Williams Arena
The women enjoyed a strong year in C-USA, good enough to get them into the WNIT despite a loss in the conference semifinals.

Baseball (31-26, 14-10)
Home field: Clark-LeClair Stadium
The Pirates finished in the middle of the pack in the conference standings and failed to gather momentum in the C-USA Championships in Houston.

Softball (21-31, 11-12)
Home field: ECU Softball Stadium
The softball did pick up some key wins over conference powers UAB and Tulsa, but fell in the first round of the conference tournament in Birmingham.

Other sports
Volleyball (2-25, 1-15) suffered through a dismal season in 2012, including a loss to Charlotte at the East Carolina Classic…Men’s golf finished 10th out of 12 teams at the C-USA tournament, held in Texarkana, Arkansas…Men’s tennis (16-6) fell in the conference quarterfinals while women’s tennis (12-12) failed to get past the opening round…Women’s soccer (10-7-3, 6-2-3), who ended up with five shutouts in a row at one point, suffered with scoring and were a first-round victim in the conference tournament in El Paso.

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