Former E. Carolina coach dies of ALS

Published July 18, 2006

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair died Monday after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, school officials said. He was 40.

Mr. LeClair, who also coached Western Carolina for six seasons, coached the Pirates to four straight NCAA Tournaments and as a player, assistant and coach was a part of 13 tournament teams.

He stepped down in June 2002 after he began feeling the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He died at his home in Greenville, according to the school, and is survived by his wife, Lynn; two children and his parents.

NOTRE DAME: Dave Schrage was hired as coach, leaving Evansville to replace Paul Mainieri, who went to LSU.

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