I was going to pen a quick ‘quote of the day’ entry today related to East Carolina; so, it was only fitting that I be able to knock out two birds with one stone and not have to give East Carolina multiple entries on the front page.
First, comes the announcement that Terry Holland will be stepping aside as the Athletics Director at East Carolina.
Terry Holland, the athletics director at East Carolina University since 2004, will step down from his position and move into an athletics director emeritus role after his successor is chosen, the school announced Wednesday.
Holland, 70, requested the change in his role, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said in a release. Until a successor is selected, Holland will continue to provide oversight to the athletic department’s daily operations. He will report directly to Ballard through Dec. 31, 2014.
Holland took over at ECU in 2004 after serving in a fundraising and marketing role at the University of Virginia. A Clinton native, Holland earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson in 1964 before coaching basketball at Davidson and Virginia for 21 years total. He won 418 games, averaging 19.8 wins per year. In his 16 years at Virginia, Holland became the most successful coach in Cavalier history by posting a 326-173 mark.
But, the original catalyst for my mention of ECU this morning was the funny/sad quote about the Pirates that was highlighted in this conversation about conference alignment changes in the Big East.
The source added that “the basketball schools would have fallen off the ledge if we would have added East Carolina as a full member and what that would have done to the basketball league.”
God, I love that!