ECU coach Scottie Montgomery surprises mother with scholarship for walk-on son

Pirates football coach gives Mothers Day gift to Kiante Andersons mom prior to his senior season

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Tia Chapman (right)

GREENVILLE — Scottie Montgomery didn’t recruit Kiante Anderson to ECU, but the walk-on’s commitment to the program inspired Montgomery to offer him a scholarship. With the announcement not made official, Montgomery decided to make the day of not just Anderson, but his mother, too.Cameras followed the ECU coach as he told Anderson’s mother, Tia Chapman, about the news. (Fair warning: Prepare yourself for the sniffles.)Talk about a Mother’s Day gift. Not only will her son suit up for a Division I school for another season, but his education will also be provided.Anderson is a Greenville native who attended South Central High School. After attending Saint Augustine’s University to start his college football career, Anderson made the move to ECU as a walk-on and redshirted his first season in 2015.Playing in a limited role in nine of 12 games last season, Anderson recorded 20 total tackles and a half sack. His breakout game came against Tulsa with seven tackles including the lone half sack of the year.Anderson might not have a hugely defined role on the field, but he’s what some would define as a “workout warrior” with his work in strength and conditioning program resulted in “Elite Pirate” status. Thanks to his hard work and commitment to the program, Anderson and his mother both received a heartwarming gift ahead of Mother’s Day.