East Carolina announced today that they have hired former North Carolina State assistant Courtney Oliver as the new head coach of the Pirates' program.
Oliver, a former pitcher at Hofstra, quietly put together success with the Wolfpack pitchers during her three-year tenure in Raleigh. Under her tutelage, Emily Weiman flourished to the tune of three all-conference honors, as well as the title of Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
Prior to her tenure at NC State, Oliver's coaching career also included stops at Hofstra, her alma mater; Boston University; and Monmouth. She has also held the position of "infield coordinator" in addition to pitching coach. This is her first head coaching position.
Not solely a pitching great, Oliver entered the offensive lineup often at Hofstra. She still holds a spot in the Pride all-time top ten in both RBIs and career pitching strikeouts.
Oliver officially replaces Beth Keylon-Randolph as permanent head coach of the Pirates program; after Keylon-Randolph took an indefinite leave of absence earlier this year, from which she did not return, interim head coach Steve Jaecks led the team through the rest of the 2015 season.
Oliver takes the reins of a program that ended the 2015 season with a 16-37 overall record and a 9-17 record in the American Athletic Conference. She also takes over a pitching staff that posted a 4.30 ERA last season and against whom, opponents hit .307.