Sunday 21, December 2014

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Caravan sep14 image2Caravan sep14 image1What a great evening!  If you were there you know that Coach Wes Moore gave a great preview of what to expect from the women's basketball team this year.  Not just that ... Coach Moore had a few jokes that kept us entertained at the same time.  Dinner from Rodman's Barbeque in Portsmouth was just plain good.  Thanks to all alumni and friends who came out ... looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

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Wes moore imageIn his first season at the helm of the NC State women's basketball program (2013-14), Wes Moore led the Wolfpack to the following accomplishments: 25-8 record: Top 25 RPI; Fourth place ACC finish despite preseason prediction of 10th; 11 straight weeks in the AP and USA Today polls; First AP top-10 ranking since 2001; Four wins over AP top-20 teams; 10 wins over top-100 RPI teams; 13-2 nonconference record; 14-2 record at home.

NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced on April 5, 2013 that Wes Moore has been hired as NC State's new head women's basketball coach. Moore spent the past 15 seasons as the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where he led the Lady Mocs to 12 Southern Conference (SoCon) regular season titles, nine SoCon tournament championships, and nine NCAA Tournament berths, while becoming the winningest coach in UTC and SoCon history. He is the reigning SoCon Coach of the Year, an award he has earned on six separate occasions. In the 2012-13 campaign, Moore guided the Lady Mocs to the SoCon regular season and tournament titles, equaled the best win total in school history at 29-4, and knocked off an NCAA Elite Eight Tennessee Lady Vols squad by a score of 80-71 in the regular season. The Lady Mocs posted a 19-1 conference mark and closed out the regular season on a 19-game win streak, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

In 25 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Moore has posted a 583-177 overall record and taken 17 of his teams to their respective NCAA Tournament. His .767 career winning percentage puts him in the NCAA Top 10 among active Division I head coaches as well as among the all-time winningest coaches with 10 or more years of coaching experience at the Division I level. He has won 10 total conference and WBCA District Coach of the Year honors. He is the only coach in history to advance three different teams to the NCAA Tournament at the Division I, II, and III levels.

"Coach Moore is a special coach and a terrific person," said Yow. "He has an impressive ability to rebuild programs. Quite simply, Wes wins no matter where he has coached. With the additions of Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC will clearly be the premiere women's basketball conference in the nation. NC State is determined to return to the upper tier of our league, and, over time, Coach Moore and his staff will achieve that goal for us. Additionally, his teams have excelled academically, and we share that value." Near the end of his time at UT Chattanooga, Moore's Lady Mocs squads recorded perfect 1000 single-year NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) in three of the last four reporting periods and Graduation Success Rates (GSR) above 75% for the last four cohort periods.

"I am humbled and proud to be back at NC State, and to be a part of returning this storied program to prominence," said Moore. "The great tradition and history of Wolfpack Women's Basketball make it one of the best places in the country to coach and play. Debbie Yow has a reputation for building successful athletic departments that win, while also preparing student-athletes to have productive lives long after their college careers are over. I'm very thankful for this great opportunity and can't wait to get started. Go Pack!"

From 1993-95, Moore served as women's basketball assistant coach at NC State under legendary head coach Kay Yow. During that time, the Wolfpack went 34-24 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. His other head coaching stops include Maryville College (Division III) and Francis Marion (Division II).

  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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