Donnenwirth stepping down as ECU women’s soccer coach

Rob Donnenwirth, East Carolina University’s head women’s soccer coach since 1999, has resigned from his position effective Dec. 31, athletics director Jeff Compher announced Thursday.

Donnenwirth completed his 19th season with a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 27. He compiled a record of 177-150-44, which includes nine seasons with 10 or more victories. The Pirates finished 6-10-2 this year.

“I would like to thank everyone at ECU for giving me the opportunity to coach this team for the last 19 years,” Donnenwirth said in a news release. “Being part of Pirate Nation and the Greenville community is something my family and I will always cherish. What makes ECU and Greenville special are the people and the pride they have being a Pirate.

“My biggest thank you goes to my assistant coaches and to all the hard-working players I have coached. It has been fun to coach you and inspiring to see the great contributions you have made after you graduate.”

Donnenwirth compiled a 239-176-53 verall record in 24 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He had a 62-26-9 mark at North Carolina Wesleyan from 1994-98 after serving on the staffs at James Madison and Massachusetts as an assistant beginning in 1988.

Assistant coach Caty Butler will direct the team’s daily activities and recruiting efforts until a new head coach is appointed.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Coach Donnenwirth for his 19 years of dedicated service to ECU,” Compher said. “He represented the university and Pirate soccer in a commendable manner and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”


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