ARTICLE OF THE DAY
by Coach Gary Overton
objectives and focus of athletics over the course of history has been
to develop the total person and such development has been directed at
the physical, social, and intellectual growth of the student-athlete.
Since the mind and body go hand in hand with each holding inseparable
qualities, the student-athlete at ECU possesses and utilizes character,
intellect and athletic ability to form a strong base on which to anchor
his or her personal development.
At ECU, academic and athletic excellence is the goal for
student-athletes and the university is committed to both, education and
athletics, for the student who participates within the sports programs.
Much time and effort goes into the daily routine of a student-athlete
which requires discipline to meet the rigors and demands of a normal
daily schedule. An arduous and lengthy day seems to be the norm rather
than the exception for Pirate players as the daily routine of class,
practice and study is unlike that of the typical student.
Recently the ECU athletic department acknowledged its finest on the
fields and in the classrooms with accolades for which all Pirate fans
and alumni can be proud. Here are some of the Pirate Scholar
Athletes for 2004-05:
Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete – Kate Manuse (Softball) On the
field Kate has been named to the C-USA-All Freshman Team, All South
Region and All C-USA second team. In her senior season Kate holds
C-USA’s career record for doubles and ranks third all time in RBI’s
while leading the softball Pirates to a 54-15 record at this time. As a
biology major Kate has received the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal
and maintains Deans List status. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in
physical therapy at Duke University upon graduation.
Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete – Casey Cronin (Swimming) Serving as
team captain for two consecutive years Casey holds eight swim records
at ECU. He also has collected four titles in C-USA championships while
being ranked nationally in three events for which he is an NCAA
Division I qualifier. Casey’s academic record is just as impressive
where he maintains Dean’s List recognition as a business administration
major with a concentration in finance. He has been a guiding force on
the Student Athlete Advisory Council in addition to coordinating swim
team’s volunteer efforts with Special Olympics and Senior Games.
Pirate Service and Leadership Postgraduate Scholarship Award – Tara
Debrielle (Track and Field) Awarded to a player who shows excellent
leadership skills and outstanding service to the community. Tara has
demonstrated a strong commitment to both team and community as the
Department of Athletics promotes volunteerism, while strongly believing
in giving back to the local community which has been so supportive of
“Spirit of the East” Award – Brandon Howard (Football) Recipient of
this award exemplifies the qualities of dedication, loyalty,
persistence, and the spirit of competition on and off the field.
Brandon was a four year letter winner who participated in the Pirates
last bowl game and he maintains Honor Roll status. This award is given
to a player who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the spirit of
East Carolina University, similar in manner to alumni and ardent
supporters Walter and Marie Williams.
Pat Draughon Postgraduate Scholarship – Brian Cavanaugh (Baseball)
Serving as a Deans List student Brian carries the highest grade point
average in the Dept. of Physical Education. He also leads the baseball
team among active starters in hitting with a .389 batting average while
helping the team to a 26-17 record at present time. This award is
presented to a member of the football, men’s basketball, or baseball
program who reflects character and dedication. Brian’s strong work
ethic caused for him to be awarded jersey number 23, given annually to
a deserving player who best displays hustle, desire and determination,
characteristic of former Coach Keith LeClair.
Kristi Overton Female Scholar Athlete Award – Paige Baggett (Softball)
An Honor Roll student, Paige has been very instrumental in the success
of this year's magnificent Softball run. The award is given to an
outstanding female freshman from the state of North Carolina who has
excelled in her first year. Paige is currently hitting .339 as a
starter and every day player for the Lady Pirates.
These are just a few honors bestowed upon ECU athletes most recently
for academic as well as athletic achievement. Because of these deeds we
see the commitment which is dedicated to providing student-athletes
with the best possible athletic experience while at ECU. And
accomplishments for which all Pirate fans and alumni can be proud.
Coach Gary Overton