Goldsboro’s George Whitfield will be honored on Friday, October 18th, at an awards ceremony presented by the East Carolina Alumni Association. Mr. Whitfield will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award.
George Whitfield is an award-winning coach and one of the most influential figures in high school, legion, and college baseball in North Carolina. In addition to building winning programs, he has taught thousands of youth how to excel at the game of life.
Originally from Kinston, Whitfield majored in physical education at ECU. He has coached at Goldsboro High School, Goldsboro American Legion Post 11, Hamlet High School, Hamlet American Legion Post 49, and Richmond Senior High School.
In his storied career that spanned nearly five decades, he won eight state titles, four for high school baseball and four for legion baseball, as well as fifteen conference championships. His overall record of 954 wins to 286 losses (77%) has made him one of the winningest baseball coaches in America.
For forty-one years, he has conducted the nationally recognized George Whitfield Baseball Clinic, which brings players, coaches, and officials together from all levels of baseball to discuss issues in the sport and encourage underprivileged players.
He was the National High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1969 and 1974. He has been inducted into multiple halls of fame, including the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1993 he was inducted into the halls of fame for both the American Baseball Coaches Association and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Over ninety of his players have received athletic scholarships, with three of them making it to the major leagues. In 1980, Whitfield received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.
Additionally, he has served as an assistant coach at ECU, the only one to serve under three different head coaches. He has also worked as an athletic director at Mount Olive College and as the first baseball coach at Pitt Community College, setting up another winning baseball program.
Whitfield currently resides in Goldsboro. He has one son, Gef, and one daughter, Tyler.
Honorary Alumni Awards
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Dinner are $50 for Alumni Association members and $60 for non-members. There are two levels of Patron sponsorships: $150 (includes 2 tickets and recognition at the event) and $70 (includes recognition at the event only).
Register by Tuesday, October 8:
By phone: call the Alumni Center at 800-ECU-GRAD
By fax: fax the registration form to 252-328-4369
By mail: send the registration form to:
Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center
901 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Shawn Moore ’91, ’98
252-328-5775 or 800-ECU-GRAD