By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The East Carolina Pirates have hired Mike Houston as head football coach on Monday. Houston replaces Scottie Montgomery, who was fired with one game left in the regular season.
Houston was previously was the James Madison Dukes head coach since 2016. He went 37-6 in three seasons at the school, including three playoff appearances.
“I am so pleased to welcome Mike Houston, his wife, Amanda and their two boys to the East Carolina family,” Athletic Director Jon Gilbert said. “Mike has worked his way up the coaching ranks and has a track record of success at every program he has led. Mike made it perfectly clear to me this is the job he covets and he fully understands the tradition and prestige of Pirate football.
“He is a man of high integrity, a great communicator and believes in molding student-athletes on and off the field. He’s going to be a great asset to our university and the Greenville community. I know he can’t wait to get started and he and his staff will work tirelessly to get the Pirates back on a path to success.”
He guided the Dukes to the FCS National Championship following the 2016 season. Then, James Madison lost in the FCS National Championship game after the 2017 season.
On Saturday, the Dukes were eliminated in the second-round of the FCS playoffs.
Prior to arriving in Virginia, he went 14-11 as The Citadel Bulldogs head coach. He also was the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears head coach before the Bulldogs position. He went 29-8 in three seasons with the Bears.
He was the Bears Defensive Coordinator from 2007 through 2010. He also was the Brevard Tornados Defensive Coordinator in 2006.
Houston spent the 2001 through 2005 seasons as the T.C. Roberson High School Rams head coach in North Carolina. He also was their Defensive Coordinator from 1996 through 2000.
He began his coaching career as the Forbush High School Falcons Defensive Coordinator in 1994 and 1995 in North Carolina.
Montgomery guided the team to a 3-9 record in 2018. The team also went 1-7 in the American Athletic Conference.
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