UNC S&C Coach Leaving

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Jeff Connors will depart UNC to take the same position at East Carolina, according to sources.

Connors, 54, has been UNC's S&C coach since 2001, working with such standouts as Kentwan Balmer, Jason Brown, Ronald Curry, Julius Peppers, Hakeem Nicks and David Thornton.

In his Tar Heel tenure, 73 of 77 all-time football strength and conditioning records have changed.

Connors also held the title of assistant athletic director for the last nine years.

Prior to working at UNC, he ran ECU's strength and conditioning program from 1990-2000.

Friday Afternoon Update: ECU has now officially announced the Connors hire.

"I'm elated and proud to return to a school and town where our family experienced the best times of our lives," Connors said. "Coach (Ruffin) McNeill and I share a similar passion for the program. My experience at North Carolina forced me to become a better coach and I learned a great deal from Coach (Butch) Davis. I'm excited to meet the team as soon as possible and get started."

And UNC head coach Butch Davis provided the following statement:

"We appreciate all the hard work and service Jeff has devoted to our football program over the last 10 years. This was a difficult decision for Jeff, but this is an opportunity for him to be reunited with his wife and daughter in eastern North Carolina. He also will have an administrative role at ECU in addition to his work with the football team. We wish Jeff nothing but the best in the future.

"We have several outstanding assistant strength and conditioning coaches on staff that will continue to work with our players while we find the right person to lead our program. Our assistant football coaches have contacts throughout the country, and I know we will find an outstanding person who will build off the success we've had in the weight room and take our strength and conditioning program to the highest level. The most important thing is to take our time and find the best fit for the University of North Carolina."

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