ECU gives AD Jeff Compher 5 year extension


GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina director of athletics Jeff Compher has agreed to a five-year contract extension to April 2023. The new agreement was approved by the University Board of Trustees and announced by ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton on Tuesday.

The original five-year deal signed at the time of Compher’s appointment in March 2013, was set to expire in 2018. Additionally, Compher’s annual base salary has been adjusted to $435,000 effective July 1, 2017.

“Jeff Compher continues to demonstrate the kind of expertise and competitive spirit that will make all of our programs national powers,” said Staton. “That’s where Pirate Nation expects to be, and I’m delighted he’s agreed to lead our athletics programs to even greater goals.”

During his four-year tenure at ECU, Compher has directed significant tangible athletics department improvements, ranging from distinguished academic achievement, program growth, record-breaking fund-raising totals, a lucrative apparel agreement and an unprecedented community service commitment, while providing steady guidance during ECU’s transition into the American Athletic Conference:







“I would like to thank Chancellor Staton and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to continue working with our outstanding coaches, staff and student-athletes,” Compher said. “We have much to look forward to as we represent this growing and vibrant university.

“Collectively, we will continue to make solid progress in the classroom and are committed to improve competitively. I am confident in Pirate Nation and what our future holds.”

NOTE: Salaries for the athletics director, coaches, and other employees of the Athletics Department at East Carolina University are paid with funds generated by the department from ticket sales, broadcast revenues, private fund-raising and other sources. State appropriations, which support the academic mission of the institution, are not used.


EAST CAROLINA – Signed director of athletics Jeff Compher to a five-year contract extension through April 2023