Wow!!! It is amazing what happens when you combine leadership, vision, accountability, talent, hardwork, and incredible fan support:
Today, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released the 2012 Directorsâ€™ Cup standings. In that national metric, which recognizes all-sports success in collegiate athletics, the Wolfpack stands at 37th – itâ€™s highest mark in six years and a jump of 52 spots in just two years. That two-year jump is the biggest by an ACC school in the history of the Directorsâ€™ Cup.
When Debbie Yow was introduced as the new Director of Athletics on June 25, 2010, she told Wolfpack nation that moving forward, the department would â€œrefuse to accept the status quo.â€ The literal interpretation of that Latin phrase, â€œstatus quoâ€ is â€œthe state in which.â€
And Maryland fans told us she was going to ruin the athletic department’s budget during her tenure here.
Obviously, there is a new status quo in NC State athletics and a number of the promises of 2010 are now the realities of 2012. Sport budgets have been increased more than 22% in the past two years and improvements have been made to many of the Wolfpackâ€™s facilities for training and competition. In the process, the department has also paid all of its bills, while also generating enough new revenue to add $500,000 to its operational reserve this year, thanks to a better than anticipated ACC payout.
While I am not sure Debbie Yow deserves all of the credit as there are many contributors to the drastic improvement over the last two seasons, she certainly deserves a large portion of the credit. With good to great seasons from Coach O’Brien, Coach Avent, and Coach Gottfried, the great news is that it is our major programs and two revenue sports leading the way(along with great seasons from some non-revenue programs as well). Success in basketball and football helps the other coaches succeed.
With anticipated strong seasons in basketball, football, and baseball again, then things should continue to get better in 2012!
We have been documenting some of these accomplishments and majors changes in the athletic department with recent entries that are worth reading:
-Yow establishes NC State Hall of Fame
-New overall marketing plan: “This is our State”
The changes at NC State in the last two years are like night and day. This isn’t Lee Fowler’s NC State anymore.