Houston feels like he is back home at ECU
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Houston feels like he is back home at ECU

He's moving from James Madison in Virginia, but his roots are in North Carolina

Photo: Mike Houston

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent

GREENVILLE -- Mike Houston, sporting a purple tie highlighted with East Carolina’s logo, stepped to the podium and said all the right things to win Tuesday’s press conference as the right fit as ECU’s new football coach.

He noted he’s from Franklin, N.C, and has long understood the passion of Pirate Nation from his football playing days at Franklin High. He also was tight end at Mars Hill University near Asheville, and as a high school coach in Asheville he met his future wife, Amanda. ... 

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Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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