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East Carolina brings back Dooley as its men’s hoops coach

In this March 17, 2017 file photo, Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley during a time-out the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Orlando, Fla. (Gary McCullough / Associated Press)
In this March 17, 2017 file photo, Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley during a time-out the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Orlando, Fla. (Gary McCullough / Associated Press)
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina has hired Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast as its new head men’s basketball coach.

The school announced Dooley’s hiring Wednesday, saying he agreed to a five-year contract.

It’s Dooley’s second stint as the Pirates’ head coach. He went 57-52 in four seasons from 1995-99 before he was replaced by Bill Herrion.

Dooley took over for Andy Enfield as the Eagles’ coach in 2013 and went 114-58 with three Atlantic Sun regular-season championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2016 and ‘17.

Jeff Lebo stepped down six games into his eighth season at ECU. Interim coach Michael Perry finished the year and the Pirates went 10-20 for their fourth straight losing season.

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