Eddie Payne

Eddie Payne (1951-2021)

Teams coached: East Carolina Pirates, Oregon State BeaversUSC Upstate Spartans
East Carolina record: 56-58 (.491)
Oregon State record: 52-88 (.371)
USC Upstate record^: 227-241 (.485)
Overall record^: 484-474 (.505)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1993)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  4  (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • CAA Tournament Champion:  1  (1993)
  • Peach Belt (Div II) Tournament Champion:  1  (2006)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (2005, 2006)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2002-2017 USC Upstate
2000-2002 Greensboro College
1995-2000 Oregon State
1991-1995 East Carolina
1986-1991 South Carolina (asst)
1981-1986 Belmont Abbey
1979-1981 East Carolina (asst)
1978-1979 Truett-McConnell
1975-1978 Clemson (grad. asst)

Eddie Payne Facts

  • Edward Payne
  • Born July 10, 1951
  • Died July 7, 2021
  • Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Wake Forest University (BA, 1973) / Clemson University (M.Ed., 1978)
  • Played for four seasons at Wake Forest, first for Jack McCloskey then one year for Carl Tacy
  • First coaching job came as a graduate assistant under Bill C. Foster at Clemson in 1975
  • Was head coach at NAIA Truett-McConnell for one year (25-5) and NAIA Belmont Abby for five years (103-51)
  • Spent time as an assistant under Dave Odom at East Carolina (1979-81) and under George Felton at South Carolina (1986-91)
  • Went to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 with East Carolina following a surprise CAA Tournament victory; the Pirates were just 4-10 in CAA play and went into the conference tournament as the 7th seed
  • After stints as head coach at Oregon State (1995-2000) and Division III Greensboro (2000-02), Payne became the head coach at USC Spartanburg of the Division II Peach Belt Conference
    • Payne was at the school, which became known as USC Upstate in 2004, for 15 seasons and was the head coach when the program transitioned to the Division I Sun Belt Conference in 2007
    • Although the Spartans did not make the D-I NCAA Tournament, Payne led the team to 3 CIT berths in his last 5 seasons
    • Payne retired in October 2017 citing health reasons; in January 2018, the school renamed the basketball arena inside the C.B. Hodge Center the Eddie and Ann Payne Arena to honor his legacy
  • Passed away in July 2021 following complications from a stroke, just three days shy of his 70th birthday
  • Along with his wife, Ann, had one son (a USC Upstate graduate)

Eddie Payne Coaching Tree


^ overall record include head coaching positions at the following levels: NCAA Div I, Div II, Div III & NAIA; USC Upstate record includes years at both the Division I and Division II levels