The Rob Donnenwirth era for East Carolina University's soccer team has officially come to an end.
After 19 seasons as head coach for the Pirates’ soccer team, Donnenwirth has stepped down from his position which will officially go into effect Dec. 31, according to ECU Athletics Director Jeff Compher.
"I would like to thank everyone at ECU for giving me the opportunity to coach this team for the last 19 years,” Donnenwirth said. "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.”
Donnenwirth’s last game as ECU’s head coach was an away game against University of Cincinnati on Oct. 27, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to finish his last season with a 6-10-2 overall record.
During his 19 year tenure, Donnenwirth compiled a 177-150-44 record, with nine campaigns resulting in 10 or more wins for the season. According to Donnenwirth, what he will remember most of his ECU tenure is his relationship with the assistant coaches and players that made it a memorable experience.
“My biggest thank you goes to my assistant coaches and to all the hard-working players I have coached,” Donnenwirth said. “It has been fun to coach you and inspiring to see the great contributions you have made after you graduate. Go Pirates!”
Compher also announced they are already searching for a new head coach to replace Donnenwirth. As of now, assistant coach Caty Butler has been named to the interim head coach position for the offseason and is in charge of daily activities and recruiting until the search of a new coach is completed.
"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."