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Serving NC State Alumni, Family and Friends in Hampton Roads Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina

NC State Club of Hampton Roads Will Meet May 21, 2015
With Swimming and Diving Coach Braden Holloway

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Braden imageOur May 21, 2015 meeting of the NC State Club of Hampton Roads will featuring ACC Champion Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach Braden Holloway. The location will again be the Riverfront Swim Club, 5301 Sports Club Run, Suffolk, VA 23435. Social Hour starts at 6:00pm ( cash bar) and the meal will be served at 6:45pm. Back by popular demand ... Rodman ’s Barbecue will cater dinner with BBQ, fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, rolls, iced tea and lemonade on the menu. Cost will be $15 per person; you pay at the door. For reservations: e-mail Jerry Hefner at jhefner3@cox.net or call him at 757-810-3937 ... not later than May 18th. See you there!
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Braden image2Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his fourth season as head coach of the Wolfpack swimming and diving program. He was named to the position on June 29, 2011, by Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow.
In three seasons at NC State, Holloway's tenure has been full of success. Overall, Holloway has captured the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Coach of the Year honors, coached 43 All-ACC performers, 26 individual All-America selections, five ACC Individual Champions and eight ACC Relay Champions. Holloway's squad has also thrived in the classroom in his time in Raleigh, as 72 members of his squads have been placed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, 23 student-athletes have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team and one member on the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
In 2013-14, both the Wolfpack men's and women's squad each finished in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships, marking the first time in program history that each squad finished in the top-16 in the same season. After posting a 5-5 mark during the regular season, the men's team posted the highest finish for the program since the 1995-96 campaign with a second-place finish at the ACC Championships, while also posting a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships to mark the program's highest finish since the 1978-79 campaign. After a regular season that saw the squad tally a 6-5 mark, the Wolfpack women finished fourth at the ACC Championships to mark its highest placement since the 1992-93 season. At the NCAA Championships, the women posted a 16th-place finish for its best finish since the 1981-82 campaign. Overall, the men's squad saw nine swimmers earn All-American honors and seven women earned All-America status.
The 2012-13 campaign saw Holloway earn ACC Men's Coach of the Year honors, as the men capped the season with a 5-4-1 overall record and the women finished with a 7-4 mark. His men's squad capped the season with a top-15 finish at the NCAA Championships, the program's highest finish since the 1978-79 campaign. The finish also marked the highest among all ACC schools. The men's squad boasted eight individuals who claimed All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, while diver Hannah Hopkins of the women's squad claimed her second consecutive All-America honors on platform. The women finished the season with a 37th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In his first full recruiting class, Holloway brought in a class that was ranked among the top-25 for men and women, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
The Pack enjoyed a tremendous amount of success throughout Holloway's inaugural season in 2011-12, as the men's team finished with a 9-2 overall ledger and the women finished with an 8-5 mark. The men's squad completed the regular season second in the ACC standings, while five athletes within the program garnered All-ACC honors. State was represented by Jonathan Boffa and Hopkins at the NCAA Championships, as Hopkins placed seventh on the platform competition en route to earning All-America honors.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Holloway spent seven seasons on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech, including as associate head coach since 2008. His tenacity as recruiting coordinator helped revitalize the Hokies program, as his 2009-10 men's and women's signing classes were both nationally ranked by CollegeSwimming.com - a first for the program. The Hokies consistently improved under his tutelage, combining to set more than 30 new school records and obtaining more than 20 All-Americans and 15 ACC Champions throughout his tenure.
Prior to his stint at Virginia Tech, Holloway was an assistant coach at The University of the South from 2003-04. During that time he coached Matthew Martelli to All-America honors, while seven student-athletes won individual titles and the team established four school records.
Holloway enjoyed an illustrious collegiate career at State. He lettered with the Pack from 1998-2001, winning back-to-back ACC titles in the 100 backstroke in 2000-01, collecting all-conference honors all four years and setting an ACC record. A five-time All-American, he was ranked internationally in backstroke events and was an Olympic Trials qualifier for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

His swim in the 100 backstroke from 2000 ranks as the fourth fastest swim in program history, as he owns a total of four all-time top-10 marks in individual action.
A two-time Academic All-American, Holloway graduated from State in 2001 with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management, serving as the commencement speaker for the College of Natural Resources. He completed his master's degree in education at Virginia Tech in the summer of 2007.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Holloway is married to former State swimmer Mary Mittendorf, who still holds four all-time top-10 marks in the Wolfpack record book. The Holloways have three children, daughter Blythe Marie, son Ethan Robert and daughter Brynn Elizabeth.
NC STATE ALUMNI NETWORK LUNCHEON

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Home page image jan15Home page image2 jan15If you missed it, we think you missed the best event of the year. Dean Louis Martin-Vega gave a presentation on the NC State College of Engineering. Not only does NC State hold a prestigious position as an engineering school, but the plans in place will continue to improve our position. New facilities, new research opportunities and expanding faculty are in the near future. Thanks to all alumni and friends who came out ... looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

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  Chancellor Randy Woodson; Benny Suggs, Alumni Association Executive Director, and Athletic Director Debbie Yow have spoken at our meetings! Hope to see you at the next meeting ...
 
Chancellor Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University's new chancellor, spoke to the NC State Club of Hampton Roads at our Fall dinner meeting on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010, at the Breezy Point Officer's Club at Naval Air Station Norfolk.
Chancellor Woodson is NC State's 14th chancellor. He previously was the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Purdue University. Chancellor Woodson brings leadership and a new energy to the NC State community that is showing signs of becoming highly contagious. His strong desire to take NC State University to the next level in both academics and athletics is a goal that all of us in the NC State family strongly support.
Chancellor Woodson believes that NC State alumni and friends are critical in achieving his goals. He believes that we are great resources for the University in terms of helping to tell the NC State story, to argue for and promote the University, to improve its resource base, and to help recruit outstanding students. Two of Chancellor Woodson's first priorities are to get out and meet those of us that make up the Wolfpack family (i.e., alumni, their families and friends, and supporters of the University) and to discuss with the us his plans and goals for NC State University. This was a unique opportunity for those of us who love and support NC State to spend an evening getting to know him as he gets to know each of us and our Hampton Roads Wolfpack community. It was also an opportunity for us to share our ideas, hopes, and dreams for NC State with Chancellor Woodson.
Columbus County native Benny Suggs '69 has made a career out of pursuing his passions. After he graduated from NC State, his love for and fascination with planes led him to the Navy, where he spent 30 years, retiring in 2000 as a rear admiral. After that, he pursued his lifelong devotion to motorcycles at Milwaukee, Wis.-based Harley-Davidson, where he worked in management for the past decade. Now he's left his job as general manager of the Harley Owners Group and Rider Services, which has 1.2 million members worldwide, to devote his energies to another passion: NC State.
After four decades away from North Carolina, Suggs joined the NC State Alumni Association as its executive director in mid-June. Some of his skills, like how to land a plane on an aircraft carrier, will probably be underused. But Suggs has learned more than a few things along the way that will come in handy as he aims to fulfill the Alumni Association's core mission: engaging alumni and friends through programs and services that foster pride and enhance a lifelong connection to NC State.
When it comes to energy, Debbie Yow runs on 220 volts of full-powered current. Named NC State's director of athletics on June 25, 2010, by Chancellor Randy Woodson, Yow laid out a comprehensive and energized vision for the future of the department, which she calls "Wolfpack Unlimited." Yow's expectations are clear and concise:
 
~ Every sport with a full complement of scholarships should be among the nation's top 25, working towards the top 10 and competing for conference and national championships.
~ Every student-athlete should be given the opportunity and resources to be as successful in the classroom as on the field of competition.
~ Every alumnus and supporter should be treated as a valued customer, with dedicated service resources from athletics department personnel.

"I'm not naive," said the veteran administrator, who held similar positions for four years at Saint Louis and 16 years at Maryland. "I know what it takes, and we will do that." In her first year on the job, Yow has made significant changes to the structure and branding of the athletics department. She's hired three new head coaches: men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried, men's soccer coach Kelly Findley and men's and women's swimming coach Braden Holloway, a former NC State swimmer. She brought in Bob Alejo to serve as the director of the strength and conditioning programs for all student-athletes. Senior administration has been geared to oversee the implementation of her vision for the Wolfpack's future success. She has also helped change the face of NC State athletics with overall improvements and upgrades to administrative and competition facilities on campus. She has embraced the school's longstanding traditions, returning a live mascot to the sidelines for football games and rebranding the school's identity by putting "State" on the front of most uniforms. Yow has made it clear to her coaches and staff that they will be given the resources they need to be competitive at the highest level of college athletics. She has also made clear her expectations for all 23 varsity programs at the school. "We can become what we believe we can become, if we rally the Wolfpack family to lock arms as a collective force and move forward in a united way," Yow said the day she was hired. "In fact, that's the only way we can reach these challenging goals for NC State. "We will work hard. We will work smartly. I will listen and learn about the challenges we face in order to make wise choices. But the only limitations we have are those we place on ourselves."
 
GO PACK !!!!


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