East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo resigns
After leading the East Carolina basketball program for the last seven-plus seasons, head coach Jeff Lebo has decided to resign. News of Lebo’s resignation was first reported by Brian Bailey of WNCT-TV, with the school due to make the move official Wednesday afternoon.
Michael Perry, who has been a member of the ECU coaching staff for the last 11 years, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
East Carolina currently has a 2-4 record this season, with the Pirates having lost back-to-back games to Rutgers and North Carolina A&T. The North Carolina A&T defeat was ECU’s third at home this season, with Radford and Central Connecticut State having also beaten the Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Lebo, who took the East Carolina job in 2010 after spending six seasons at Auburn, leaves the position with a record of 116 wins and 122 losses. Lebo’s best season at ECU was the 2012-13 campaign, the program’s last as a member of Conference USA, with the Pirates winning 23 games at the College Invitational Tournament title.
ECU would follow that season up with a 17-17 mark in 2013-14, the first season of the American Athletic Conference. In the following three seasons ECU would finish below .500 in each, with last year’s team finishing with a 15-18 record. ECU was picked to finish 11th in the American’s preseason coaches poll.
Lebo has been a head coach at the Division I level for 19 seasons, posting a career record of 327-278 with stops at Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga, Auburn and East Carolina. Lebo played collegiately at North Carolina under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith from 1986 to 1989.