Pirate Spirit Archives

Jul 10, 2023
  • Hannah Eccleston

A flare for excitement

Kasey Rogers Year: Junior Major: Public Health Hometown: Sykesville, Maryland If you’ve watched halftime shows at Pirate football games, you’ve probably seen Kasey Rogers. She’s the one twirling fire. “The...

Jun 21, 2022
  • Michael Rudd

‘Gritty, quick, smart’

Elizabeth Wilson Year: Senior Major: Business Administration Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina It’s been said lacrosse is a game that combines soccer, basketball and hockey, with the ultimate goal of getting...

Raven Johnson
Feb 07, 2022
  • Crystal Baity

Overcoming it all

Raven Johnson Year: Graduate student Major: Kinesiology Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia For a basketball guard who’s constantly busy, Raven Johnson’s injuries forced her to slow down. On Sept. 30, 2020, she...

Nyah Gore
Jun 10, 2021
  • Jules Norwood

Untapped potential

Nyah Gore Year: Freshman Major: Anthropology Hometown: Evans, Georgia When Nyah Gore was recruited by East Carolina University sprints coach Udon Cheek, he learned she had been involved in many...

Jan 12, 2021
  • Natalie Sayewich

Ready to take off

Sommer Knight Year: Senior Major: Nursing Hometown: St. George, S.C. Sommer Knight has her sights set high — in athletics, academics and beyond. The senior ECU women’s pole vaulter is...

Grega Popovic doing research
May 27, 2020
  • Richard Butler

Go-to Teammate

Grega Popovic Year: Graduate Student Major: Chemistry Hometown: Maribor, Slovenia Grega Popovic has traded his swim goggles for safety glasses. Popovic, a four-year member of the Pirates swim team, saw...

Alex Turner
Sep 27, 2019
  • Matt Smith

Making an impact

Alex Turner Year: Senior Major: Neuroscience and psychology Hometown: Houston When he’s not taking down opponents as the anchor of the Pirates’ defensive live, Alex Turner is tackling some of...

May 10, 2019
  • Doug Boyd

Batter up!

Bryant Packard Year: Junior Major: Communication Hometown: Greenville Pirates baseball coach Cliff Godwin calls him “one of the best left-handed hitters in the country.” And junior Bryant Packard is living...

Kathryn Carson
Jan 10, 2019
  • Doug Boyd

Fairways and greens

Kathryn Carson Year: Sophomore Major: Exercise physiology Hometown: Mooresville Kathryn Carson spends a lot of time sending balls soaring through the air at ECU’s golf facility at Ironwood Country Club...

Keith Parnell
Sep 18, 2018
  • Doug Boyd


Position: Senior aerospace science instructor, Jones Senior High School, Trenton Degree: Bachelor’s degree in biology Hometown: New Bern “It is easy to say that my days at ECU helped shape...