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5 College Junior

Athletics: No other team, fans, facilities or experience rival that of East Carolina University.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I have found ECU to be very focused and inspired by its sports department.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think ECU athletics are some of the best all around

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5 College Junior

Athletics: I enjoy attending sports events, esp. football. I play several intramural sports as well. The tailgates during football season are awesome.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at East Carolina is what brings everyone close. Football season is where it hit me strongly that I love my school. When you are at the Dowdy Ficklen Stadium and you look at all the purple and gold and everyone going crazy you feel the spirit, and also the connection. At every sport function you can count on the student section to be packed and filled with purple and gold.


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ECU baseball has been worth following in recent years, and the football record is improving under the new coach. Despite chronic losses, however, fans still wear purple and gold, drive around with Jolly Roger flags waving from their vehicle windows, go tailgating, and attend games. ECU's Pirate has also changed faces over the years, from a retro, stern expression to cute, cartoonish PeeDee to the current, more sinister pirate. Fortunately, the mascot costume still presents the huggable version of PeeDee instead of a scary, ship-robbing terrorist. A lot of money contributed to ECU is earmarked for athletic programs, but the wins are not proportional to the funding the sports receive. Our facilities are impressive, partly because of donations from wealthy local supporters. Thanks in part to local citizen Bill Clark, the new baseball stadium is named for a former coach, Keith LeClair. The Greenville and eastern North Carolina communities are very supportive of ECU's athletic programs, especially football and baseball, even if the teams are not having winning seasons. Rather than a celebration of skill, however, games are more an excuse to party. Some students are avid club and IM players, but others graduate without ever even attending a single game or working out at the Rec Center. New students should not arrive at ECU expecting a winning season or a losing season, but they should be optimistic and have fun anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
PeeDee the Pirate
Men Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 27
Cross Country/Track: 44
Other Sports: 141
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 60%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 67%
Other Sports: 64%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Inline Hockey
  • Isshinryu karate
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Scuba
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Style of Motion Break Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Basketball (men's, women's)
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Blount Sports Complex
  • The Fields at North Campus Crossing
  • Student Recreation Center
Most Popular Sports
Football is probably the most widely popular sport, but baseball is running a close second because they have actually had consistent wins recently. Basketball is popular, too, and sometimes the women are better than the men. Of course, the popularity of ECU's varsity teams depends on their win/loss record, but even that does not necessarily discourage the fans. Basketball has begun to emerge as a popular sport due to the team's recent success.
Most Overlooked Teams
In general, the club sports are overlooked at ECU, yet they are sometimes more deserving of attention and have better records than the varsity teams. The club rugby teams are especially serious about the game and serious about celebrating their wins. Do not anger a rugby player, male or female. Softball is also a very overlooked.
School Spirit
As far as sports are concerned, no matter how bad the teams are and how much students complain about the sports teams, there are still fans (usually alumni) who will paint themselves purple and gold or wear all sorts of tacky purple and gold apparel, like a purple suit coat, yellow shirt, and purple and yellow striped tie. Sometimes the Pirate pride that accompanies athletics programs at ECU is almost frivolous, like the yards and yards of custom carpet in the club level at the football stadium, the surreal area where the carpet is purple with pirate hats all over it. Pirate pride is sometimes a mask to collect money from students, especially the unsuspecting orientation students, for Student Pirate Club membership. Joining the Student Pirate Club is a good way to meet other students, but new students should not be fooled by the cheery recruiters who may make the SPC sound better than other student organizations.
Getting Tickets
Signing up to be in the Student Pirate Club automatically gets your tickets for basketball and football games. It is something everyone should sign up for, so you don't have to wait in the long lines, or worry about the football games being sold out, because some of them are.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Mall is beautiful, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. Fifth Street is pleasant, except during rush hour, and it is wonderfully shaded by the large trees that line both sides of the street. The Greenway system, which begins at Elm Street Park and ends at Greensprings Park, provides a quiet trail for walking, running, or biking, and expansion plans have been presented to the City Council. The Town Common features a river walk along the Tar River, five blocks from campus, down near the Willis Building and Town Creek Bridge.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 264 responses

  • 20% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 77% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 264 responses

  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 265 responses

  • 20% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 70% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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