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 fourth 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 three 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 110-72-1 (.604) over­all record. Five players have earned All-America honors, six were named to all-regional teams (five in Charlottesville), eight took home all-conference honors (all first-teamers), nine were selected as AAC Player-of-the-Week, while four were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Off the field, his teams have excelled in the classroom by registering a 3.0 GPA or higher in six of seven semesters, including a program-best 3.52 in the Fall of 2017 besting the previous mark of 3.42 (Fall 2015). Nearly 100 student-athletes have been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll, while nearly 40 Pirates have earned inclu­sion on The American All-Academic Team maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA. For the second-straight year, ECU took home The American Team Academic Excellence Award after sporting a 3.27 cumulative GPA for the 2016-17 year. In 2016, Godwin’s club received the American Baseball Coaches As­sociation (ABCA) after registering a collective 3.31 GPA.

In the community, the Pirates have volunteered over 3,000 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, a 12-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 .349 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 and Parker. Palumbo graduated cum laude receiving his degree in administration of justice.

Pitching Coach
Dan Roszel

@roszeld

Dan Roszel, who possesses 17 years of colle­giate coaching experience, enters his eighth season on the East Carolina baseball staff as the pitching coach, a position he originally accepted on July 8, 2010.

During his seven-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 251 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, Makenna and Clayton. Roszel received his degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science.

Volunteer Assistant Coach/ Camp Coordinator
Hunter Allen

@hallen004

A two-year letterwinner for the Pirates, Allen will work directly with the outfielders while also assisting with the hitters, base running and infield play. He will also coordinate all of ECU’s summer, fall and winter camps.

Allen returns to ECU after spending the past eight months as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Brunswick Community College. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach and infield instructor at Louisburg College helping the Hurricanes to a 26-24 overall record in his first year as a full-time coach. Under Allen’s assistance, the Hurricane offense ranked among the league leaders in home runs (55/third), batting average (fourth) and runs (338/fourth), while sporting a .951 fielding percentage.

Serving as a student coach under Godwin in 2016, Allen helped direct a club that posted a 38-23 overall record, claimed the 2016 Charlottesville Regional crown and came one win away from making its first appearance in the College World Series.

During his career, Allen started 93 of 104 games for the Pirates boasting a .334 average with 109 hits, 28 RBI, 56 runs and producing 28 multi-hit games. Allen helped ECU to 73 wins in two seasons, including a 40-win campaign in 2015 – the Pirates first since 2011. He was also instrumental in guiding ECU to the 2015 American Athletic Conference Tournament title, where he was named Most Outstanding Player, and a No. 2 seed in the Coral Gables Regional.

A co-captain and Brooks Wallace Shortstop-of-the-Year Watch List candidate in 2015, Allen closed out his senior season starting 56 of 58 games at shortstop and leading the team in batting average (.349), hits (73) and on-base percentage (.408), while standing among the team leaders (top 4) in eight other statistical categories. He batted an impressive .500 (9-for-16) with two extra base hits and scored six runs in four AAC Tournament games earning MOP honors. Allen ranked among the conference leaders in batting average (third), assists (173/fifth), fielding double plays (37/t8th), hits (t8th) and on-base percentage (.408/t11th). Nationally he was one of the toughest hitters to strikeout, fanning just once in every 13.9 at-bats, and ranking 36th in the country.

As a junior, he started 37 of 46 games at shortstop batting .308 with 11 RBI and 18 runs scored. Allen led the club with 14 sac bunts (second in Conference USA), collected a pair of game-winning RBI (UNC and Southern Miss), recorded nine multi-hit games and ranked among the team leaders in average (third) and on-base percentage (4th/.362).

Prior to his arrival in Greenville, Allen was a two-year letterwinner at Brunswick Community College where he batted .359 (116-for-323) with 10 doubles, 51 RBI and 69 runs scored in 88 career games. As a sophomore he earned second-team All-America and first-team all-conference honors after batting .371 (62-for-167) with seven doubles and 35 RBI, while also taking home first-team all-defensive accolades. As a freshman, he helped the Dolphins to their fourth-straight 30-win season and a spot in the Region X DII championship game against Catawba Valley Community College following a season where he batted .346 (54-for-156) with three doubles, 16 RBI and 33 runs scored.

A native of Shallotte, N.C., Allen received his undergraduate degree in recreation and park management from ECU in 2016.

Director of Baseball Operations
Pete Buscaino

@Pistol_ECU

Pete Buscaino enters his fourth year at ECU and second as the Director of Baseball Operations, a position he officially started on July 1, 2014.

Buscaino, who spent the last two seasons as the volunteer coach, will handle a variety of administrative duties, including team travel, game-day organization, special events coordination and community outreach efforts with the Pirate program.

As ECU's Volunteer Assistant Coach, a position he accepted on Jan. 11, 2016, Buscaino worked directly with the outfielders. 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.

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.

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.