Pirate nation welcomes new football coach with open arms

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – From current students to community members, and even future pirates everyone agrees on one thing, this is pirate nation.

People say they will miss former head coach, Ruffin McNeil. They also say no matter who is at the helm of ECU Football they’ll be behind the team.

On Monday, Scottie Montgomery was officially introduced as the new leader of Pirate football. Fans say they are happy with the hire.

One future Pirate even got out of school early to meet Coach Montgomery. “I’m just really excited for football this year,” Hayes Mahony said.

ECU student Thomas Clontz said, “It was definitely a shock when we first heard about it, but I think it’ll be an overall good move.”

“Last week I was really upset as were a lot of people,” longtime Pirate Club member Sue Francis said. “This week, after watching Scottie this morning I think this is a great hire.”

Francis had the chance to meet Coach Montgomery. She says what caught her attention the most is not his football background or coaching experience, but how he puts family first.

“I was so impressed with him talking about his family, and his mentors, and who had been important to him, where he’d been before and everything like that,” Francis said. “I thought that was very important to include that and he started with that.”

No matter how you feel about the recent events surrounding ECU Football, Greenville mayor Allen Thomas, wants everyone to remember one thing. “Coaches and ADs and players come and go, but the Pirate nation remains. We have to stay together and get going and move to the next level here at East Carolina,” Mayor AllenThomas said.

Fans who met Coach Montgomery say he was very personable. He took the time to take pictures and answer any questions they had.

Fans also say he seemed very excited to get started.

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