ECU Launches New ’90s-Themed Merchandise at Meet the Pirates Event

GREENVILLE, North Carolina – As the Pirates prepare to kick off the fall 2022 season, East Carolina University is releasing a new collection of vintage-inspired merchandise featuring classic ECU branding that celebrates the University’s national athletic prominence in the ’90s. The new ECU College Vault collection will launch in a limited-run pop-up store during the annual Meet the Pirates event on Saturday, August 20.

ECU’s College Vault program is a merchandise program specifically designed by the university’s licensing agent, CLC, to showcase historic brands and traditions through fashionable apparel and non-apparel products. The collection includes officially licensed ECU branded merchandise from licensees such as Champion, Peter Millar, adidas, ’47 Brand and other ECU licensees.

“ECU has a long history of sporting success, and we are thrilled to bring that history to life with our new College Vault merchandise,” said Melissa Spain, ECU’s Trademark Licensing Coordinator. “Our passionate pirate fans will be able to celebrate our past while showing their spirit as they support our teams today.”

The three new brands reintroduced as part of the collection represent a time when ECU had its highest ranked football team in 1991, a Peach Bowl victory in 1992 and many winning seasons for ECU Athletics teams.

“We are thrilled to help ECU deliver this unique ’90s-era merchandise as the next iteration of the university’s College Vault collection,” said Nicole Armentrout, CLC’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “The College Vault collection was created to give ECU a way to properly market its historic logos, which have deep meaning for fans, and help tell the story of the University and its successful athletic program.”

The new merchandise will be released in the pop-up store at the Meet the Pirates event and then will be available at the University Book Exchange, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fanatics, and Barnes & Noble/Fanatics Lids College.


About East Carolina University

East Carolina University offers more than 87 bachelor’s, 68 master’s, and 18 doctoral degrees to 28,000 students at its campus in Greenville, North Carolina, and through a reputable online learning program. The university’s medical school consistently ranks No. 1 in North Carolina — and in the top 10 percent nationally — for graduate physicians who practice in-state, practice primary care, and practice in areas rural and underserved. ECU has the largest number of business school enrollments and the largest number of new nurses and education professionals produced by any four-year North Carolina university, in addition to the largest arts program in the state studio. The university has a world-renowned undersea archeology academic program and maintains a supportive relationship with the United States military services. Located near Atlantic seaboard ports where pirates once roamed, ECU adopted the “Pirates” mascot in 1934 for its athletics program and competes in NCAA Division 1.

About CLC
CLC is the nation’s leading college brand licensing company with a mission to elevate college brands through insight and innovation. The company is uniquely positioned to deliver consumer relationships and brand visibility to institutions through custom data-driven solutions that include impactful licensed merchandise strategies and innovative marketing platforms to navigate the market. ever-changing consumer and retail. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, CLC is guided by the values ​​of serving others, building trust, leading well, innovating often, and being passionate. Founded in 1981, CLC is part of LEARFIELD, the leading media and technology services company for intercollegiate athletics.