ECU baseball coach named to 14U National Team staff

Cliff Godwin (ECU Athletics photo)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - East Carolina University baseball coach Cliff Godwin has been named as a staff member of the 2017 14U National Team Development Program, USA Baseball announced Tuesday.

Godwin completed his third season as the Pirates' coach and has a 110-73-1 record. Three of his former layers have earned All-America honors, five were named All-Regional and six were all-conference, including five who were first-team selections. There are three former ECU players currently with Major League Baseball organizations.

Godwin joins a staff consisting of former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Jason Maxwell (field coordinator) and Air Force Academy head coach Mike Kazlausky. Godwin and Kazlausky will serve as managers for the NTDP's Stars and Stripes Teams.

According to a press release, the National Team Development Program offers athletes with an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intra-squad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as both a player and a person. This year, the 14U NTDP also offers players the opportunity to compete for a roster spot on the 2017 15U National Team. Forty athletes will be invited to participate in the NTDP and 18 will then be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials roster. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary from July 24-29, and the 15U National Team Trials will begin July 30.

Godwin will lead the Stars team and David Houseton, Covenant Day School's (Matthews, N.C.) head coach, joins the staff as an assistant coach. Justin Bishop, an assistant coach at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.) will be the team's pitching coach.

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