East Carolina University baseball coach Cliff Godwin appeared at dwelling out of uniform as he spoke to around 175 Southside student-athletes Tuesday early morning in the school’s auditorium.
The Snow Hill native and former Greene Central a few-sport standout informed the group that coming from a compact city and smaller college natural environment was a barrier to achievement only if the pupils enable it be.
“You have additional alternatives to be involved in things in a little faculty, but you have to want to acquire advantage of them,” Godwin explained. “One of the most difficult points I have at any time finished was perform large college sporting activities with my dad as my coach, but it labored out quite well. He was tougher on me than the relaxation for the reason that he didn’t want them to assume he was enjoying favorites, but it made me greater. You can’t be afraid of really hard perform and you have to force oneself.”
Seahawks athletic director Andre Quinerly performed football for Godwin’s father, Lewis, at Greene Central.
“He was my defensive coordinator and I try to remember Cliff when he was a youngster managing about throughout practice,” Quinerly mentioned. “His father was rough, but he was a massive impact on me and I use what he taught me with our football workforce.”
The students listened as Godwin described his increase from an unpaid assistant at UNC-Wilmington, to Vanderbilt, then to Mississippi St. and again to his alma mater, 1st as an assistant, then to his present-day title of head coach.
“We ended up web hosting a high university showcase with the very best 150 gamers from east of the Mississippi River at UNCW and higher education coaches from each individual huge faculty ended up there,” Godwin explained to the viewers. “I was taught to get the job done tough at an early age, so I was throwing batting follow, raking the discipline concerning games, just accomplishing what was required and the Vanderbilt coach (Tim Corbin) seen. He hired me and my occupation took off from there.”
Southside senior Shawn Gerard, who plays also football and basketball, was the meeting baseball player of the year last spring as a catcher.
He said he’s listened to some of the identical matters from his high faculty coaches, but it was fantastic to listen to it from Godwin.
“The component about never ever understanding who is observing definitely hit me,” Gerard mentioned. “You have to force by yourself to hustle and take treatment of lecturers even when you never want to if you want to preserve enjoying in college. I adhere to Eu baseball and it was terrific that he came to chat to us.”
Godwin emphasized that the Pirates have a group GPA of at least 3.41 for the last four years and that possible school athletes can raise their possibilities with reliable academics in high university.
He also warned of the pitfalls of social media and encouraged the group to not put up matters they would not want a coach or potential employer to see.
“If your identify is on it, make certain it’s your ideal work,” Godwin stated. “Bad selections have repercussions in the serious entire world. You don’t do your occupation, you get fired. Your actions communicate louder than words and phrases and if I have two gamers with equivalent talent, I’m taking the a single with good grades and fantastic character. Make absolutely sure your private brand name is one that any person wishes to invest in.”