“I am so pleased to welcome Mike Houston, his wife, Amanda and their two boys to the East Carolina family,” East Carolina athletic director Jon Gilbert said in a released statement. “Mike has worked his way up the coaching ranks and has a track record of success at every program he has led.”
Houston led James Madison to a 37-6 mark and a 2016 national title in the Championship Subdivision by ending North Dakota State’s dominance with a win in Fargo, N.D. North Dakota State, however, got its revenge by besting James Madison in the title game the following year.
The 47-year-old North Carolina native guided James Madison to a 34-17 romp at East Carolina in the 2017 season opener.
James Madison was eliminated in the FCS playoffs this season in the second round to finish with a 9-4 mark.
East Carolina has finished with a 3-9 record in each of the last three seasons, resulting in the parting of ways with Scottie Montgomery. The Pirates posted an 8-5 mark prior to that in their first season in the American Athletic Conference.
East Carolina also announced the hiring of Gilbert on Monday.