GREENVILLE, NC - Mike Houston, who guided James Madison to successive NCAA FCS Championship Game appearances and one national title, has been named head football coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement Monday by ECU Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert.

The Franklin, NC, native owns an 80-25 record and a combined six conference championships in eight seasons as a head coach. Houston signed a five-year contract and will be formally introduced as the Pirates’ 22nd head coach at a 10 a.m. press conference Tuesday inside the Murphy Center.

“I am so pleased to welcome Mike Houston, his wife, Amanda and their two boys to the East Carolina family,” 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.”

His acceptance of the ECU position officially ends a three-year tenure as the Dukes’ head coach. Houston guided JMU to a 37-6 three-year record, which included three NCAA FCS postseason appearances (2016 National Champions, 2017 National Runner-Up, 2018 second round) and a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships.