Coach LeClair named Coach of the Year

<P><B>East Carolina's highly successful baseball coach, Keith LeClair, was named the East Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).<p/> <P>Leclair also won the same award in 1999.<b><p/>

This honor comes as the ECU Baseball team celebrates its best season ever. The Pirates won their first ever NCAA regional title before losing to Tennessee in the Super-Regionals, just missing a trip to College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

ECU finished with a 47-13 record and hosted not only their first NCAA Regional, but the Super-Regional as well.

LeClair just finished his fourth season at the helm of the Pirate ship. He is already the third-winningest coach in school history. His squads have won 46 or more wins in each of the past three seasons and he was awarded a five-year contract in June.

Every year, the ABCA awards a regional coach of the year from eight different regions. This years award winners are:

Northeast region--John Szefc of Marist

West--Mark Marquess of Stanford

South Central--(CO-WINNERS)Danny Price of Florida International and Clay Gould of Texas-Arlington

Atlantic--Jim Morris of Miami (FL)

Mideast--Paul Mainieri of Notre Dame

Midwest--Dave VanHorn of Nebraska

South--Rick Jones of Tulane

Note that there are two teams from C-USA and none from the ACC.

The staff of Crossbones want to congratulate Coach LeClair and we hope to be writing our final baseball articles from Omaha next year.


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