Hodge hops aboard Pirate ship

Published 9:56 am Saturday, July 12, 2008

By Staff
ECU Sports Information
GREENVILLE — Roger Hodge has been named an assistant coach for the East Carolina women’s basketball program, according to an announcement by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener on Friday.
Hodge completes the Lady Pirate staff, along with the recent additions of assistant coaches Jocelyn Wyatt and Adrienne Shuler as well as director of operations Allison Nicholls.
Hodge arrives in Greenville having served as the head coach at Atlantic Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. for the past eight seasons.
He is the winningest coach in AASU program history with a 138-97 (.587) record and led the Lady Pirates to their first-ever Peach Belt Conference tournament championship, first-ever WBCA Division II national ranking, back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament berths and consecutive 20-win seasons.
“Roger is the final and very important piece of the puzzle to our staff,” Baldwin-Tener stated. “His experience as a head coach and the great things he accomplished at Armstrong Atlantic will be very valuable to our program. He is a hard worker that we are very lucky to have at ECU. I am very pleased with our new staff and look forward to the future.”
Last season, Hodge led the Lady Pirates to a third 20-win campaign and a second appearance in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship Game as the No. 7 seed, finishing the year at 20-11. AASU also defeated at least one nationally-ranked opponent in each season while he was at the helm of the program - a streak of eight consecutive years.
The 2003 season saw Hodge earn numerous honors, including Russell/WBCA South Atlantic Region Coach-of-the-Year, Atlanta Tip-off Club Naismith Division II Coach-of-the-Year, Peach Belt Conference Coach-of-the-Year and Division II Bulletin Peach Belt Conference Coach-of-the-Year.
Hodge has also served as an assistant coach at Liberty University (1997-2000), Summers County High School in Hinton, W.Va. (1997), Mercer Christian Academy in Princeton, N.J. (1996) and Hinton High School in Hinton (1987-1994).