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Jeff Lebo resigns as ECU men's basketball coach

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Jeff Lebo has resigned as head men's basketball coach at East Carolina University.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted the news just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. NewsChannel 12's Brian North and Ariel Epstein also confirmed the announcement. Assistant coach Michael Perry, who filled in for 14 games last season after Lebo had hip surgery, is taking over coaching duties immediately.

East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo has resigned, source told ESPN. Announcement later this afternoon.

-- Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 29, 2017

A press conference by ECU Athletics Director Jeff Compher and Lebo Wednesday made the news official. Lebo had a 116-122 record at ECU over eight seasons. That made Lebo the winningest coach at ECU during the school's NCAA Division I history.

This season's team is 2-4 and is scheduled to play UNC Wilmington Thursday at Williams Arena on the ECU campus.

Wednesday 6 p.m. sports: Jeff Lebo talks more about resignation

Lebo was named ECU coach on March 22, 2010. His first team went 18-16 and lost in the first round of the CIT Tournament. His best season was 2012-13 when the Pirates went 23-12 and won the CIT title.

Lebo came to ECU from Auburn, where he was 96-93 in seven seasons.

Jeff Lebo stepping down at ECU. In 8 seasons, went 116-122, and 3 post season appearances, won CIT in 2013, lost in CIT 1st rd in '11 & '14. Michael Perry who filled in for 14 games last season expected to take over.

-- Brian North WCTI (@BrianNorth4) November 29, 2017

Jeff Lebo has reportedly resigned after going 116-122 at @ecupiratehoops. We'll have full coverage on @wcti12

-- Ariel Epstein WCTI (@ArielEpstein) November 29, 2017

VIDEO: Lebo on staying in Greenville

VIDEO: Lebo talks more about resignation

VIDEO: Players, staff talk about Jeff Lebo's resignation

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