officials suspended Randy Mazey with continued pay from his job as head
baseball coach on Monday afternoon effective immediately. Newly hired
assistant coach Billy Godwin was formally introduced as acting head
baseball coach during a press conference Tuesday.
According a release, Chancellor Steve Ballard made the decision upon
Terry Holland’s recommendation. Ballard was unavailable for comments
throughout the day Tuesday.
Mazey signed a contract extension on August 9, 2004 with current
associate athletic director Nick Floyd. Mazey’s contract had a base
salary of $100,000 annually through June 30, 2008. Mazey’s contract
called for him to receive a $5,000 bonus if ECU advanced to a NCAA
Regional or won the Conference USA’s regular season title or the
conference tournament. It also included a company car and allowed for
his family to have a membership to Pulse Athletic Club.
According to Mazey’s signed contract, if ECU terminated the contract
for cause, Mazey would be given 30 days notice and only be entitled to
the amount of his salary upon his effective date of termination.
Mazey’s contract outlines 11 details that would require immediate
dismissal. The 12th clause states that “any other cause adequate to
sustain termination of ECU employment under the provisions of [UNC
system] and university policies...”
ECU officials declined to comment further on the situation due to N.C.
statutes. Officials continued to refer to the State Personnel Act,
which protects the rights of state employee’s private records.
Kitty Wetherington, the interim university attorney declined to
comment, afraid to commit a misdemeanor by violating the State
Personnel Act. University spokesman John Durham also declined further
ECU is currently paying seven former coaches no longer affiliated with
the Pirates. Former head football coach Steve Logan has been paid
$200,000 annually since Dec. 2002. His settlement will have been
fulfilled in Dec. 2005. John Thompson will be paid $100,000 through
Dec. 2007. Former basketball coach Bill Herrion is due $100,000 through
No settlement between Mazey and the athletic program has been made
public. Depending on the reason Mazey was suspended, the termination
clause may forgo a possible settlement. According to Holland, money to
pay former coaches comes out of the athletic budget.
Under Section III of Mazey’s contract, it states that “at any time
during the term of [the contract], the university may reassign the
coach to a position other then head baseball coach for the balance of
the term for any reason deemed satisfactory by the university, but with
no diminution in salary or benefits.”
Provided that Holland asked Mazey to take another job within the
program (much like Herrion was asked), Mazey would be forced to take
that job provided he was compensated the same amount ($100,000). If
Mazey didn’t agree, he would void the signed contract.
Another clause states that Mazey must return materials or articles of
information, including personnel records, recruiting records, team
information, films, statistics or any other material or data to the
university within five days of the termination of the contract.
Mazey met with the baseball team on Monday afternoon to let them know
would no longer be their coach. "Shock is the only word to
describe it,” said senior pitcher Carter Harrell. “We’ve got to move on
and go forward. That’s what Coach Mazey would want us to do.”
“He was really torn up,” said senior pitcher Brody Taylor about his
former coach. “He lost his job, but also he lost being around us
every day. He considered us like 31 sons so he was upset more than
Popular assistants Allen Osborne and Tommy Eason both left the program
immediately following the 2005 season. Scott Forbes was hired to
replace Osborne, but chose to go to UNC less than a month later.
Ironically, former coach Keith LeClair, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s
disease made a comment in Monday’s release. According to Holland,
LeClair is paid by the university to be a consultant. “My heart
and prayers go out to all of last season’s coaches who are no longer
with the program,” LeClair said. “They are good friends and I
appreciate everything they did to push our program forward.”
Mazey posted a 120-66-1 record in three seasons at ECU, including an
8-12 postseason mark that featured three NCAA Regional at-large berths.
He earned the Keith LeClair Coach of the Year Award in 2004 when ECU
enjoyed a school record 51 wins. This spring, ECU finished fourth in
Conference USA with an 18-12 record before ending the season with a
pair of losses in the NCAA Tempe (Ariz.) Regional.