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East Carolina University News Services
Contact: Gray Hodges, ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness, 252-328-6387

Date: April 30, 2010

ECU sets school record of nine club sports teams competing in national championships

GREENVILLE (April 30, 2010) – East Carolina University just completed its most successful year for the Club Sports program. Nine different clubs competed in national championship competitions in 2009-10, which sets a school record.

“I am so proud of all of our club sports programs this year,” said Gray Hodges, assistant director for Club Sports. “And to have almost one-third of the programs compete for national titles is really a credit to these student-athletes as well as the coaches and staff.”

The Club Sports program is sponsored by ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness and provides ECU with tremendous exposure on regional and national stages. “The club sports, which are ECU student organizations, have worked very hard in their extracurricular activities and their passion for their sport is paying off," Hodges said.

This year’s club sport achievements include:

  • Men’s Soccer advanced to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Tournament Open Bracket Quarterfinals.

  • Ski and Snowboarding competed in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship in Maine. Corey Monaghan, who finished first in the Southeastern Regionals, placed 16th nationally in the giant slalom.

  • Women’s Volleyball competed in the NIRSA NCCS National Volleyball Championships was the 5th overall seed and advanced to the quarterfinals.

  • J.R. Matthews was the first East Carolina University Boxing Club member to compete in the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships, where he lost in the quarterfinals.

  • ECU Fencing competed in the U.S. Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs National Championships with the men and women’s teams finishing 27th and 25th, respectively, in Epee fencing.

  • ECU Golf will compete this weekend in Providence Forge, Va., for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association National Championship.

  • Women’s Rugby competed in the Division II National Championships, winning their Sweet Sixteen match, but falling in the Elite Eight to Norwich University, which is ranked second in the country.

  • After an undefeated conference season, the ECU Club Softball team beat N.C. State University to win the National Club Softball Association (NCSA) South Atlantic Conference. They went on to win games in the NCSA 2010 World Series before being eliminated.

  • The ECU Club Baseball team is 23-1, ranked No. 2 in the country and hopes to reach the league World Series this summer. The club defeated Elon University to claim the Mid Atlantic South Conference title and qualified the team for the regional playoffs.

  • Men’s and women’s Frisbee have advanced to the regionals for the eastern division of the Ultimate Players Association to be played in May.

Other national accolades for ECU club sports programs included the Equestrian Club, which received the honor of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Sportsmanship award after only one year of competition. For more information about ECU Club Sports, visit or call (252) 328-6387.

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