Terry Holland’s work at ECU coming to a close

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!

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8 Responses to Terry Holland’s work at ECU coming to a close

  1. virginiawolf 12/12/2012 at 11:37 AM #

    I always enjoyed watching Coach Holland at UVA … he did it with such class and style…. especially if you compare him to Lefty or Roy ( he never deserted players on the court). One of my favorite quotes from him was in a post- game interview when they had unexpectedly won and one of his hot shot recruits was running around acting the fool (much like a unc player today) and the reporter asked “coach, what do you think of XXX’s game?” Terry replied … “he had a very good game, but he needs to learn how we celebrate our vitories”. Coach / AD Terry Holland … the true Virginia Gentleman.

  2. NCSU84 12/12/2012 at 3:04 PM #

    Wow, it must be a slow sports/news day if this is all we have to report on. I mean ECU’s AD – Seriously??

  3. Sweet jumper 12/12/2012 at 4:58 PM #

    My favorite Terry Holland comment was when he told that he named his dog Dean Smith because it whined all the time.

  4. john of sparta 12/12/2012 at 5:53 PM #

    Terry talked to me
    when it meant something.
    he’s golden in our family.

  5. highstick 12/12/2012 at 6:57 PM #

    I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Terry in an informal setting a couple of times between UVA and Davidson when he came back. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him..Classy fellow!

  6. 87stategrad 12/12/2012 at 7:13 PM #

    I always liked the Food Lion commercials during ACC Basketball games back in the 80’s when Tom Smith would play off of his resemblance to Terry Holland. Usually someone would say, “Hey, aren’t you…?”. I remember one or two ads when Coach Holland would make an appearance himself. I always had a lot of respect for him. We didn’t harrass him in Reynolds like we did Dean or Lefty.

  7. saigonwolf 12/12/2012 at 9:36 PM #

    Ahh, the good ole days of Tom Smith Food Lion commercials, Terry Holland coaching Virginia, and the ACC I loved. Almost as good as CD Chesley and “sailing with the pilot”. Then there was Jim Thacker slurring his words and mispronouncing players’ names, which provided in-game entertainment. Need I mention the Packer half of the Thacker/Packer announcing team? You either loved him, or hated him.

  8. nav 12/13/2012 at 9:53 AM #

    It will be truely fitting if ECU, the team the Big East never really wanted to take, becomes the team that dissolves the Big East now that they are a member.

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