An ECU ambassador
On Jan. 4 East Carolina University lost one of its strongest supporters with the death of Ed Emory. Not only was Ed one of the best coaches ECU ever had, he was a good person who cared deeply about his school, his friends and the many young people he coached, taught and mentored during his life.
His high school record was 77-7 and 26-29 at ECU, the only college where he wanted to be a coach. After going 7-4 in 1982 and 8-3 in 1983, when ECU lost to Florida, Florida State and Miami by a total of 13 points, he was fired after going 2-9 in 1984. He got a raise in 1983, making his salary about $35,000.
I was the president of the Pirate Club in 1984 and can say without question that his firing was unjustified. Can you imagine what he could pay his assistants, and he was playing a national schedule? Miami won the national championship in 1983. Even after that. Ed was not bitter to ECU and in fact directed many recruits to us. He instilled in our program the philosophy that you can succeed against incredible odds. Let’s hope we can keep his legacy and dream going.