ELIZABETH CITY, NC- Elizabeth City State University has announced their head basketball coaches for the 2014-2015 school year.
Ron Woodard and Alico Dunk and will serve as interim head coaches for the ECSU basketball teams this fall. Coach Woodard will be at the helm of the Lady Vikings’ program while Coach Dunk will take over the on the men’s side.
Woodard brings a wealth of knowledge to the Lady Vikings’ program. He compiled a 120-92 record 11 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC). He guided the program from the NAIA ranks, where Claflin won the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2005, to Division II where in their first season of eligibility, the Panthers won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title (2009). During their transition year from NAIA to NCAA Division II (2007-08) Woodard’s club posted the best record of any HBCU team with a 24-2 mark.
"I'm happy to be here and am thankful for the chance to be a head coach in the CIAA”, says Woodard. “I look forward to an exciting year of Lady Viking basketball keeping in mind that our athletes are students first. Making sure that we stay focused in the classroom is very important to the overall success of our program.”
He was named Coach of the Year in both the EIAC and SIAC and has previously served as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central and Kentucky State and was graduate assistant at his alma mater, Norfolk State University.
Afterfive seasons and a record of 83-56 at the helm of the Lady Viking program, Alico Dunk will assume head coaching duties for the Vikings. Previously he spent sixth seasons as an assistant coach for the ECSU men's basketball team, including 2007 CIAA Tournament Champions.
“I would like to thank athletic administration for this great opportunity”, states Dunk. “It is an honor to build on the solid foundation that has made ECSU one of the top programs in the CIAA. Our student-athletes will be equally dedicated to both success in the classroom and competitiveness on the court.”
During his five year stint as coach of the women’s team Coach Dunk built an impressive résumé. Under his guidance the Lady Vikings won the CIAA Northern Division twice and he was tabbed as the 2013 CIAA Coach of the Year after leading ECSU to the best record in school history of (24-4, CIAA 15-1).