ECU head football coach featured at FCA Tailgate Lunch

Published 9:24 am Friday, May 5, 2023

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KITTY HAWK – The Northeast NC Fellowship of Christian Athletes announces that East Carolina University head football coach Mike Houston will appear at the FCA Tailgate Lunch on Tuesday, May 16, at Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores.

The doors open at 11:30 am and guests may go through the buffet line at this time. The program will begin at 12:15 pm and is expected to end by 1 pm.

Tickets are $40 and are available online at or from an FCA staff or board member and include lunch and the program. Seats are limited.

Coach Houston owns a 102-49 overall record, a combined six conference championships, one FBS bowl victory and a national title in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach. The Franklin, NC native, who has averaged nearly nine wins per campaign during his career, was formally introduced as the Pirates’ 22nd head coach on December 4, 2018 and immediately began a rebuilding process that has led to consecutive bowl eligibility seasons and one of the highest victory totals (22) for an ECU coach in their first four seasons.

His acceptance of the ECU position officially ended a three-year tenure as James Madison’s head coach. Houston guided the Dukes to a 37-6 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.

Houston, who was named the 2016 AFCA FCS National and 2016 CAA Coach-of- the-Year, arrived in Harrisonburg, VA after serving two years as head coach at The Citadel (2014-15). He led the Bulldogs to a 14-11 record in his two seasons and is the only coach in The Citadel’s history to win a Southern Conference championship within his first two seasons.

“What a great opportunity for Northeast NC to have such an accomplished and outstanding coach like Mike Houston to visit and share from his experiences,” said Scott Williams, Northeast NC FCA Area Director. “Coach Houston exemplifies what FCA represents in sports and life, and he’s been doing it well for several years now. When I think of coaches down through the years who’ve faithfully held the FCA banner high, I think of folks like Tom Landry, Kay Yow, John Wooden, Bobby Bowden . . . and Mike Houston. You will not want to miss it!”

FCA is the largest Christian sports ministry in America and focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. For almost 70 years, FCA has sought to impact the world through the influence of athletes and coaches.

For more information about tickets, please contact Northeast NC Area FCA Director Scott Williams at, or go to