Staff
Head Coach
Cliff Godwin

@cgodwin23

Cliff Godwin, who has been a part of nine NCAA Regional and two College World Series appearances coaching at the Division I level, enters his third year as head baseball coach at East Carolina University.

A four-year letterman for the Pirates, God­win was appointed as ECU’s 16th skipper in the school’s history on June 25, 2014 after completing a three-year stay at the University of Mississippi.

During his two years at the helm of the program, Godwin has guided ECU to a pair of NCAA Regional berths, a Super Regional appearance, an American Athletic Conference Tournament title and a 78-44-1 (.638) over­all record. Three players have earned All-America honors, six were named to all-regional teams (five in Charlottesville), six took home all-conference honors (five first-teamers), seven were selected as AAC Player-of-the-Week, while three were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Off the field, his teams have excelled in the classroom by registering a 3.05 or higher in four of five semesters, including a program-best 3.42 in the fall of 2015. Forty-nine (49) student-athletes have been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll, while 30 Pirates earned inclu­sion on The American All-Academic Team maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA. In the 2016, his club received the American Baseball Coaches As­sociation (ABCA) and The American Team Academic Excellence Awards after registering a collective 3.31 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year.

In the community, the Pirates have volunteered nearly 2,000 hours working with programs in the Pitt County area as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Team IMPACT, Riley’s Army, Cypress Glenn Re­tirement Community Flood Relief, Red Cross, First Born Community Devel­opment Center and the James, ACES for Autism, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital.

On July 29, 2016 Godwin signed a three-year contract extension secur­ing his position through the 2022 season.

Godwin made an immediate impact in 2015 leading the Pirates to a 40-22 record, which included a second-place regular season finish (15-9) in The American. The 2015 American Coach-of-the-Year became the first skipper in program history to win 40 games in his initial season, guided ECU to a conference tournament title in its first year in the league and directed a return to NCAA post-season play – its first since 2012 – as the No. 2 seed in the Coral Gables Regional.

The Snow Hill, N.C. native followed with another NCAA Regional berth (No. 3 seed in Charlottesville) and a Super Regional appearance (Lubbock, Texas) in 2016. ECU, who posted a 38-23-1 record and finished second in The American (15-8-1), rolled through regional play picking up wins against No. 20 Bryant (9-1), No. 10 Virginia (8-6) and William & Mary (8-4) en route to claiming the Charlottesville crown – its fourth regional title. The Pirates continued their magical run, defeating No. 5 national seed Texas Tech, 8-6, in the opener of the Super Regional and came 90 feet away from making their first appearance in the Men’s College World Series.

In all, Godwin has worked with 57 players who have gone on to the professional ranks during his time as a coach at the Division I level.

Godwin is the son of Kathy Dail and Lewis Godwin of Snow Hill.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Jeff Palumbo

@coachpalumbo22

Jeff Palumbo, an 11-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, will open his third year as an assis­tant coach and recruiting coordinator at East Caro­lina University – a position he began on July 1, 2014.

Following coaching stints at George Mason, UCF and Virginia Com­monwealth, Palumbo oversees all aspects of the Pirates’ recruiting ef­forts, serves as the base running and infield coach, while assisting God­win with the hitters.

Palumbo has directed ECU’s recruiting efforts that garnered a pair of Top-25 national rankings (D1Baseball/18 and Baseball America/23) for its 2015-16 class, while also being tabbed as one of the nation’s top 30 re­cruiters by his peers.

During the 2016 season, Palumbo helped the Pirates lead The American in five offensive categories (average/.289, hits/603, hit by pitch/79, on-base percentage/.375 and sac bunts/47) while standing in the top-3 in 10 others. Infielders Charlie Yorgen (14/second) and Turner Brown (10/fourth) stood among the league leaders in sac bunts, while Eric Tyler capped off his junior season batting .306 – good enough for ninth in the league.

Tyler and Yorgen were two of five Pirates named to the 2016 All-Char­lottesville Regional Team after batting .545 and .600 respectively.

In his first year with the Pirates, Palumbo guided the squad to a No. 14 national ranking in double plays turned (59) marking the most by an ECU team since posting 62 twin-killings in 2007. He was also instrumen­tal in helping the club rank second nationally in bunt singles (36), first in the American Athletic Conference in fielding percentage (.971) and sec­ond in the league in sac bunts (51).

Hunter Allen stood third in the league with a .339 average and was the toughest hitter to strikeout fanning once for every 13.9 plate appear­ances. Yorgen ranked 11th in the country (first in AAC) with 16 sac bunts, while the infield combination of Allen to Yorgen to Bryce Harman turned a combined 37 of 59 double plays. Harman set the single-season school record with 570 putouts and Yorgen registered 178 assists to stand ninth on the single-season charts.

In all, the 2015 AAC Tournament champions ranked among the top-3 in the league in seven offensive categories including sac bunts, batting average (.280/third) and hits (574/third).

Prior to coming to ECU, Palumbo had mentored three ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region and six all-conference selections with the Rams, while helping the program rank among the NCAA leaders in seven key statis­tical categories.

George Mason As A Player (2001-04)
A two-time CAA Defensive Player and Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year se­lection, Palumbo finished his career as the Patriots all-time leader in hits (283), at-bats (865), games played (218) and games started (217), while ranking among the top-10 in runs, stolen bases, total bases, RBI and walks. During his senior campaign, he led the nation in runs scored per game (1.4), hit a career-best .402 and led the Patriots to an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament - the program’s first appearance since 1993. Palumbo was selected in the 15th-round round by the San Fran­cisco Giants in the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and was later named a Northwest League All-Star with the Salem-Keiz­er Volcanoes.

In 2010 he was selected as a member of the CAA’s Silver Anniversary team.

Personal
Palumbo, a 2004 graduate of George Mason, and his wife Sarah have two sons Grayson (3) and Parker (1). Palumbo graduated cum laude receiving his degree in administration of justice.

Pitching Coach
Dan Roszel

@roszeld

Dan Roszel, who possesses 16 years of colle­giate coaching experience, enters his seventh season on the East Carolina baseball staff as the pitching coach, a position he originally accepted on July 8, 2010.

During his six-year tenure with the Pirates, Roszel has mentored one of the top pitching staffs in the country, which has included nine Major League Draft picks, six All-America and 14 all-conference selections, as well as helping ECU to 219 wins with four NCAA Regional appearances (2011-12, 2015-16).

Roszel’s staffs have consistently ranked among the national leaders (top-45) in five of the last six years with regard to ERA, which includ­ed a 2.67 mark in 2011 that stood seventh. His group of hurlers sported a 3.53 earned run average that ranked 36th in the country and third in the league standings in 2016.

Lefty Evan Kruczynski became the sixth Pirate under Roszel to earn All-America accolades when he was tabbed a third-teamer by D1Base­ball after posting an 8-1 record with a 2.01 ERA in 2016. He earned First-Team All-American Conference honors, while also garnering honorable mention All-America status by Perfect Game.
In all, his 2016 staff ranked among the top-3 in The American in six pitching categories and led the league with 22 pickoffs.

During his 16-year coaching career at the collegiate level, Roszel has seen 25 of his pitchers sign professional contacts with nine playing the Major Leagues, including five-time American League All-Star Chris Sale, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 13th overall pick in 2010. Roszel also mentored four-year major leaguer Casey Coleman (15th round selection by the Cubs in 2008) and former major leaguer and 2006 International League Most Valuable Player Heath Phillips (10th round pick by the White Sox out of Lake City Community College), who made his Major League debut on Sept. 5, 2007. Both Coleman (Aug. 2) and Sale (Aug. 6) made their Major League debuts in 2010.

Since 2013, Roszel has seen six of his former college hurlers make their Major League debuts in Maness (April 13, 2013), Heath Hembree (Sept. 3, 2013), Mike Wright (May 13, 2015), Shawn Armstrong (Aug. 8, 2015), Jeff Hoffman (Aug. 20, 2016) and Jharel Cotton (Sept. 7, 2016).

Richard Bleier, a sixth round pick in 2008 by the Texas Rangers out of Florida Gulf Coast, spent much of the 2015 between Double-A and Tri­ple-A in the Washington National’s organization, while Cotton did the same with the Dodgers.

Roszel, a 2000 graduate of the University of North Florida, and his wife Melissa resides in Greenville with their three children Madyson (13), Makenna (9) and Clayton (1). Roszel received his degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science.

Assistant Baseball Coach/Camp Coordinator
Pete Buscaino

@Pistol_ECU

Pete Buscaino enters his second season as East Carolina’s Volunteer Assistant Coach, a position he officially started on Jan. 11 2016 after spending 18 months as the Direct of Baseball Operations.

Buscaino works directly with the outfielders and coordinates all of East Carolina’s camps under the direction of third-year head coach Cliff Godwin. In 2016, he helped mentor Freshman All-America and First-Team All-American Conference selection Dwanya Williams-Sutton, who led the league in batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.455), while standing second in slugging (.551).

Senior Garrett Brooks earned his second-straight all-regional team selection after batting .500 with two doubles, two RBI and eight putouts in the 2016 Charlottesville Regional. Fellow classmate Parker Lamm was named the 2016 Williams Jungle Offensive MVP after batting .287 in the leadoff position with 28 RBI and 28 runs scored. Defensively he regis­tered 94 putouts, two assists and did not commit an error in 96 chances.

Officially hired on July 1, 2014 as the director of operations, Buscaino handled a variety of administrative duties, including team travel, game-day organization, assisted with summer and winter camps, special events coordination and community outreach efforts with the Pirate program.

Prior to his appointment at ECU, Buscaino spent four years at UCF where he served as a student manager for the Knights baseball team. During his tenure, he was responsible for organization of all equipment, field preparation at Jay Bergman Field, and statistical analysis for coach­ing staff, while also organizing community outreach events.

During the summers, Buscaino could be found traveling the country vol­unteering at some of the nations top baseball camps and showcases in­cluding stops at Clemson, Mississippi State, UCF and Perfect Game Show­case. In 2013 he served as the assistant coach for the New Market Rebels in the Valley Baseball League working with defense and coaching first base.

Buscaino’s diverse background is not limited just to the college ranks, as he spent time working with the Tampa Bay Rays (role player/2010-11) and the Baltimore Orioles (clubhouse attendant/2011-12).

A native of Clearwater, Fla., Buscaino received his undergraduate de­gree in interdisciplinary studies from UCF in 2014.

Director of Baseball Operations
Tyler Zupcic

@TylerZupcic

Tyler Zupcic is in his second year as East Caroli­na’s director of baseball operations after official­ly accepting the position on Jan. 10, 2016.

Zupcic, a four-year letterwinner at Appalachian State University, will handle a variety of administrative duties, includ­ing team travel, game-day organization, summer and winter camps, special events coordination and community outreach efforts with the Pirate program.

Prior to his appointment at ECU, Zupcic spent the 18 months as an as­sistant baseball coach at Providence High School, located in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers, who were ranked No. 21 nationally by MaxPreps.com, posted a 31-4 record and claimed the 2015 NCSHAA 4A state title with a 10-2 victory over Millbrook – their first championship since 1995.

During his tenure with the Panthers, Zupcic worked directly with out­fielders and hitters, while covering day-to-day responsibilities of field set up, facility maintenance and practice duties. He also assisted with equipment purchases, inventory documentation and overall uniform and equipment maintenance.

A three-time team captain for the Mountaineers, Zupcic appeared in 217 games (214 starts) over four seasons batting .326 (268-for-821) with 10 home runs, 61 doubles and 117 RBI. He finished his career ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in games played (second), at-bats (third), hits (third), runs (third/193), doubles (t3rd), total bases (fourth/375), stolen bases (t5th/45) and walks (ninth/94).

The Charlotte, N.C. native helped Appalachian State to three 30-plus win campaigns including a 41-18 record and an NCAA Regional appear­ance in Charlottesville, Va. as a junior in 2012. The Mountaineers notched wins over No. 23 Oklahoma (5-4) and No. 15 Virginia (6-5) before drop­ping the next two contests to the Sooners and closing the year just four wins shy of reaching the College World Series. Zupcic, who earned 2012 Second-Team All-Southern Conference honors, batted .338 (71-for-210) with a pair of home runs, 17 doubles, 34 RBI and scored a team sec­ond-best 54 runs.

Zupcic received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Appa­lachian State in 2014.

Athletic Trainer
Zac Womack

@ZacWomack

Zac Womack joined the East Carolina Athletic Training staff in January of 2008 dealing primarily with the nationally ranked baseball team and in the Fall of 2012 was promoted to ECU's Head Athletic Trainer, where he oversees the daily operation of the athletic training facility and its staff members.

A native of Jamestown, N.C., Womack returned to ECU after spending seven years in the New York Yankees minorleague organization. While in the Yankees organization, he spent time with the Gulf Coast Yankees (2001), Greensboro Bats (2002), Battle Creek Yankees (2003-04) and the Trenton Thunder (2005-07). Womack has worked alongside some of the farm systems top prospects (Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, Philip Hughes and Chein-Ming Wang) as well as working Major League rehabilitation assignments in Trenton with Roger Clemens, Octavio Dotel, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield.

His main area of concentration is the thrower's arm care/ maintenance program, which focuses on keeping the Pirates arms healthy and strong. He is a certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and is licensed as an athletic trainer by the state of North Carolina.

With his primary focus at ECU is as an athletic trainer, Womack also works alongside the Strength and Conditioning staff to design baseball specific workout programs for the Pirate pitching staff. Womack earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from ECU in 2000 where he worked with the football and baseball programs. He is married to the former Kimberly Mills of Greenville, N.C. and currently resides in Greenville, N.C.