Joe Dooley returning to ECU to lead men's hoops team

Joe Dooley returning to ECU to lead men's hoops team
Joe Dooley coached the East Carolina basketball team from 1995-99. (Source: ECU)

GREENVILLE, NC (WECT) - East Carolina is bringing back one of its former head coaches to lead the men's basketball program.

According to an ECU news release, Joe Dooley has agreed to terms on a five-year contract to coach the Pirates. He is set to be introduced at an 11 a.m. news conference on Thursday.

Dooley was the head coach at East Carolina from 1995-99 and is the program's all-time leader in winning percentage (.523), going 57-53 during his ECU tenure. When he was hired at age 29 to coach the Pirates, Dooley was the youngest Division I men's basketball skipper in the country.

For the last five seasons, Dooley has coached Florida Gulf Coast, leading the Eagles to five Atlantic Sun Conference championships and five consecutive 20-win seasons. FGCU played in the NCAA tournament in 2016 and 2017.

East Carolina last appeared in the NCAAs in 1993.

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