WRAL: Yow confident in direction of Wolfpack (Video)


“First year goals were a lot about listening and learning, to be candid,” Yow said. “Learning about our culture, listening to our employees both administrators and coaches about what their needs were. That took weeks and weeks and weeks, but it was well worth the time.”

Yow has also sat down with just about everyone involved in NC State athletics to set forth a five-year plan. She says that the success of that plan will be measured in many different ways, but one of the most visible to the university and its fan base is through the Director’s Cup standings which rank overall athletic performance across all sports.

“In most cases the benchmarks that have been established are measurable,” Yow said. “Competitive excellence, academic excellence; we’ll measure ourselves against the public universities in the ACC, but we’ll also benchmark against our selves.”

NC State has already made a noticeable jump by these standards leaping from 89th overall to No. 67 in Yow’s first year.

“That might not float anyone else’s boat but it does mine. I want to be sure our coaches and our staff knows how pleased I am with that,” she said. “I really want our program to be in the Top 25 in the next five years.”

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24 Responses to WRAL: Yow confident in direction of Wolfpack (Video)

  1. Avid109 07/08/2011 at 6:06 AM #

    Yow is SO much better than Fowler.

  2. JeremyH 07/08/2011 at 6:40 AM #

    type A personality, she’s a “go getter”

  3. thekind 07/08/2011 at 8:42 AM #

    Granny Clampett,
    How about canning Status Quo Avent?

  4. TruthBKnown Returns 07/08/2011 at 9:30 AM #

    I saw the WRAL piece on Yow last night. They mentioned her one year anniversary. Hard to believe she’s already been here a year. It seems like just a few months. But like they say, time flies when you’re having fun. And compared to Fowler’s tenure here (which seemed like about 30 years), Debbie’s tenure is fun. She may not be perfect, but compared to Fowler she seems to be.

  5. dmt321 07/08/2011 at 9:44 AM #

    Who cares about the Director’s Cup. Win some conference Championships in Football and men’s Basketball, get to a BCS game with football after winning the League Championship Game, and advance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That gets the school national recogntion and will attract better student athletes to the secondary non-revenue sports. Then the standings in the Director’s Cup will improve. The priority needs to be on the high profile sports. Her response is smoke and mirrors.

  6. packpride_ie94 07/08/2011 at 9:47 AM #

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire 13+ minute interview. It will be ell worth your time.

    Some of my favorite quotes/segments (paraphrasing)…

    When asked what the most significant change has been over the past year: “I think it’s the intangibles…subtle changes in the culture…sometimes [competent] people are only waiting for their leader to tell them it’s OK to dream BIG”

    After being asked what NCSU has done to address NCAA compliance: “Well the first thing we did was hire the best person in the industry in Carrie Doyle. She’s a former NCAA Director of Student Athlete Reinstatement and Enforcement Agent. She brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience around compliance.

    Also, other great stuff around the Russell Wilson/Mike Glennon decision, Athletic attire contracts, future facilities plans (including a desire for a future hall of champions to display memorabilia), and much more.

  7. thekind 07/08/2011 at 9:58 AM #

    WRAL is just throwing us a bone since they do NOT want to cover the McAdoo debacle.
    Wake the F up wral.

  8. Lunatic Fringe 07/08/2011 at 10:09 AM #

    On Avent, I do not disagree that he needs to go since he has plateaued, but you have to think the ADs bandwidth and budget came into play this year.

    We replaced ~20% of out coaches over the last year (including our highest paying job) and are still paying for our past AD.

    Avent made the postseason (and swiftly left the postseason), but that was more than some in other sports could claim. He is next on the chopping block, but will get one more year due to timing.

  9. ryebread 07/08/2011 at 10:27 AM #

    I tend to agree with Lunatic Fringe regarding Avent. I don’t love his results, but he made the field of 64 — and was one of the few NC State teams to achieve this level of “success.” Yow’s got bigger fish to fry — and fry them she has at a 20% clip.

    If Avent hasn’t done anything more in the next two season, my guess is that he’ll retire. The house will be more in order and baseball will eventually come up in the priority list. Right now I’m guessing he’s viewed as doing more with less — or at least average with less.

  10. TomCat 07/08/2011 at 1:17 PM #

    Fortunately for Yow she follows a horrible AD. Can’t help but look good in that regard. Measured against her peers in the modern landscape and where we want to go– in my opinion the jury remains out. Her actions and comments were strange at best, unpolished and unprofessional at worst in handling aspects of the coaching search process. Also similar in her inter-personal dealings with other aspects of the program. The cowboy brash – way of dealing with those we have to work with in the college landscape may be cute for a short time– but it quickly wore out it’s welcome in Silver Springs, MD. My hope is she grows into this job, which I see as a bigger responsibility than the one she left. This isn’t Maryland. Need to become more mature, savy and multi-dimensional in her approach if she plans to be here for the long run and not just be a transitional hire.

  11. Plz2BStateFan 07/08/2011 at 1:27 PM #

    I too, need to be more mature, savy, and multi-dimensional when it comes to my fandom and giving carolina the buisness.

  12. camel77 07/08/2011 at 2:18 PM #


    You are wrong that she wore out her welcome in Maryland. Maryland wasn’t wanting to get rid of her, she left to coe home. The only problem she had at Maryland was with an employee that didn’t want to put the total effort in the whole job. Don’t get me wrong, he could coach his butt off, but didn’t like the recruiting bit.

    I think thing are heading in the right direction for NC State athlectics. The upcoming year is showing a lot of promise and I am looking forward to it.

  13. TOBtime 07/08/2011 at 3:07 PM #

    Didn’t we nickname the last ‘Cat” on here Ass Hat? Seems to fit the bill again.

    What exactly is cowboy or brash about telling the truth concerning a given situation? Apparently UMD had SOME type of problem with GW as he’s gone and Debbie Yow is still getting paid. How is your opinion situated on that? Come to think of it, the OTHER coach she had “issues” with is also gone. Again UMD goes in the same direction Debbie Yow wanted to go. As long as she was there it hardly seems reasonable that she wore out her welcome. But, you think what you want champ. We not located in Silver Springs, MD are very glad to have her.

  14. fvpackman 07/08/2011 at 3:46 PM #

    She had a lot she could clear out in the 1st year….in the end we will regret the hire…she is a power hungry lady….burning an awful lot of bridges behind the scene….some on here don’t want to hear it….but a year from now she will have worn out her welcome….she needs to learn some manners…


  15. TOBtime 07/08/2011 at 4:17 PM #

    Maybe the complacent and accepting of mediocrity need their feelings hurt by someone with no manners. Apparently the last holder of the AD office at NC State only hurt feelings if you got left off the Lake Gaston party list. Give me a friggin’ break with the manners bit.

  16. blpack 07/08/2011 at 4:45 PM #

    Through the first year she is exactly what many of us wanted in our AD.

  17. 61Packer 07/08/2011 at 7:27 PM #

    Yow wasn’t my choice, but so far she seems to be doing ok. As long as she won’t tolerate long-term mediocrity then I can live with her. But the baseball coach should probably go next season. NCSU baseball has made the playoffs of late only because the rest of the league has carried them. I’m all for giving people a chance, but if they don’t produce, find somebody who can.

  18. TruthBKnown Returns 07/08/2011 at 8:51 PM #

    fvpackman, you said Debbie is burning an awful lot of bridges behind the scenes… what bridges are being burnt? What did that mean, exactly?

  19. gtspack 07/08/2011 at 9:50 PM #

    Yow is doing great and for the first time in a long time I’m very excited about the upcoming FB and BB season. DY you are doing great and keep up the good work.

  20. Wulfpack 07/09/2011 at 7:57 AM #

    There is no doubt in my mind that Yow is an excellent AD. We we begin to see even better results across the board for all programs, including MBB. I was not happy with the way she handled the presser situation when Gott was hired. I also think “the letter” was a bad idea that she probably should have seen, but all in all she’s great for NCSU athletics.

  21. packnanimous 07/09/2011 at 4:56 PM #

    “Who cares about the Director’s Cup. Win some conference Championships in Football and men’s Basketball, get to a BCS game with football after winning the League Championship Game, and advance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

    The Director’ Cup standings are a metric for the accomplishments you cite.

  22. TomCat 07/09/2011 at 7:46 PM #

    Bottom line is moving this program forward. If she ends up being the solution, great. There have been some situations early with Yow which still gives me pause. Bottom line. I hope she ends up being the greatest ever— but the jury is still out in my opinion. No amount of sophomoric name calling draws anything away from that fact. Some people make the mistake developing blind allegiance to any hired gun rented as an administrator– confusing loyalty to someone on the payroll with true loyalty reserved for NC State University. Right now there are gaps in her skill-set which has already rubbed some folks internal & external the wrong way. My hope is she will continue to evolve, growing to the challenge and become a long term solution. Right now…. the jury is still out. The next 12-18 months will tell a great deal.

  23. TOBtime 07/09/2011 at 9:16 PM #

    ^The jury is still out in your opinion but no name calling draws anything away from that FACT? WHich is it? Your opinion or FACT?

    Don’t ever confuse appreciating a breath of fresh air with blind loyalty. You said it TomCat – people inside and out have been rubbed the wrong way. Good. Our Athletic Dept. had become such a joke that ANY righting of the ship was going to unseat/upset somebody. It’s easy to be staus quo. We all watched it for 10 years under foul-up. Get on the train or get left behind but it seems the train is finally moving.

  24. john of sparta 07/10/2011 at 9:40 PM #

    +1 lunaticfringe: NCSU has maxed our bandwidth.
    +1 dmt: Director’s Cup is not a championship.
    concerning ‘burning bridges': money. plain
    and simple. it’s not about individuals,
    it’s about corporations. a public
    institution has to go for the
    sustainable as long as the
    results are attainable.

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