Proposed Requirements for Men’s BB Coach

The Human Resources Department at NC State has spoken and Google has links to this story from a ton of media outlets all over the country. These requirements rule out several different names that people keep bringing up over and over again. So let’s hear from the HR weenies:


A. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution.

B. Minimum of five years of head coaching experience at a NCAA Division I school.


Must be a person of flawless character reflected in his personal and professional life. Exemplified by:

A. Demonstrated commitment to NCAA, ACC, and NC State compliance rules and regulations.

B. Unwavering honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.

C. Respect for people.

D. Intelligence (demonstrated by appropriate college degree).

E. Self-confidence.


Must be well-grounded in the fundamental mission of a University and an individual who places a high priority on education. Exemplified by:

A. Demonstrated commitment to encouraging satisfactory academic progress and graduation of student-athletes.

B. Commitment to total development of student-athletes … academics as well as personal life skills.


Must be someone with the right technical training, knowledge, and experience to successfully compete with the world’s best. Exemplified by:

A. Proven coaching skills at the Division I level.

B. Basketball knowledge experience and training under successful mentors and in quality environments.

C. Ability to teach and motivate student-athletes.

D. Ability to hire, train, and motivate staff that share values of head coach and complement his coaching skills.


Must be a self-motivated person with a burning desire to excel in all facets of life. Exemplified by:

A. Passion for the game that is contagious.

B. A desire to compete successfully against the very best.

C. A desire to be the best.

D. An energetic, tireless worker.


Must be someone with the ability to articulate a clear vision for the N.C. State Basketball Program who has effective communication skills and can sell NC State, rally support and motivate others. Has the ability to create excitement. Exemplified by:

A. Demonstrated ability to recruit effectively.

B. Ability to represent NC State publicly and with distinction.

C. An appreciation for the news media and proven ability to work effectively with them.

D. Ability to sell oneself, the University, and the Basketball Program to a widely diverse public.

E. Ability to interface successfully with the campus community.

F. Sensitivity to diversity in the community and the ability to interact effectively with a widely diverse citizenry.


Must be a person who can put a team together, motivate that team and manage it effectively to achieve overall success for the program. Exemplified by:

A. Demonstrated ability to organize the many demands of being a head coach.

B. Proven ability to organize the daily activities of the program to make efficient use of time available to student-athletes and staff.

C. Experience in effectively managing people.

D. Proven network of contacts to assist in recruiting and hiring staff.

E. Commitment to discipline.

F. Good listening skills.

G. Commitment to being a team player.

Now we know what’s been taking so long. They had to fill out the stupid paperwork. 😉

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65 Responses to Proposed Requirements for Men’s BB Coach

  1. grizzlyman 04/18/2006 at 10:17 PM #

    I’m glad to see charecter as a requirement for the job. If they can find a coach to fulfill all of these requirments he should be a good coach and a good man. I just wish we knew who the target(s) are now.

  2. schitzonation84 04/18/2006 at 10:25 PM #

    That Nashville cat meets all of the above requirements.

  3. dantheman 04/18/2006 at 10:25 PM #

    Someone just give me a rough time frame of when this whole thing will be over. I can not go on like this with out an idea of when it should end.

  4. Redhat 04/18/2006 at 10:26 PM #

    Kevin Stallings

  5. schitzonation84 04/18/2006 at 10:29 PM #

    That’s right Redhat.

  6. NeverGiveUp 04/18/2006 at 10:32 PM #

    Is there some where we should complain if we think this list is BS? (I would call it “over the top” or “excessive” in the complaint.) 5 years head coaching experience is ridiculous. If someone has been a top asst. and recruiter at a good school for more than 5 years and head coach for 3 or 4 years with a proven track record, shouldn’t they at least be considered?

    This appears to be the forbearer of the “safe” choice. It appears Fowler’s hands are tied from hiring an up and comer. How can we hold him accountable if these were the requirements? This looks to be a disappointing cop out. I really hope I’m wrong.

  7. NCSURulez 04/18/2006 at 10:36 PM #

    “has effective communication skills”
    “motivate student-athletes”

    Can someone tell me how Herb got the job?

  8. WestCoast 04/18/2006 at 10:40 PM #

    “has effective communication skills�
    “motivate student-athletes�

    PJ Carlisimo has all this, especially with the ladies. Not so much the “Character” qualification though…

  9. redfred 04/18/2006 at 10:42 PM #

    Using words like unwavering and flawless places pretty lofty expectations and totally limiting restraints on the search for a “coaching” position. How do the requirements for University Chaplin read? Not too much different I would imagine.

    The “Salesmanship” section must be brand spanking new. It definitely hasn’t been a factor around here before.

  10. pman27 04/18/2006 at 10:43 PM #

    David Glenn was discussing this with Adam Gold on 850 this afternoon. They agreed that if the right candidate didn’t meet the requirements (i.e. 5 years head coaching experience), State could amend the requirements accordingly, then fill it with the guy they wanted.

    Just relating what they said, don’t shoot the messenger.

  11. highstick 04/18/2006 at 10:48 PM #

    Where does “walks on water”, “leaps tall buildings in a single bound”, “faster than a speeding bullet” come in to play?

    And where is the HR’ism’s that I hate most, “the ability to work in a fast paced environment”.

    I really hate to rule out a NBA coach or assistant, but with a set of criteria such as these, we could pass over a lot of qualified people!

  12. Chip 04/18/2006 at 11:01 PM #

    Rules are meant to be bent.

  13. redfred 04/18/2006 at 11:09 PM #

    I know what the hold up is! They are waiting on senate and congressional approval of the next nominee.

  14. CarnifeX 04/18/2006 at 11:14 PM #

    These are a set of guidelines; this is just like any other job where the job description is for the “ideal” candidate. If they can’t find one that satisfies all of the requirements, they select the most suitable for the position.

    This is not rediculous, nor does it limit anyone that the wolfpack should be considering anyway. (5 years of head coaching is the only really quantifiable requirement and that the one “meant to be bent”, to quote Chip)

  15. NeverGiveUp 04/18/2006 at 11:18 PM #

    I feel better, but it still looks like an excuse. What’s the point of publishing (leaking) the guidelines?

  16. VaWolf82 04/18/2006 at 11:21 PM #

    I guess that Fowler doesn’t have anything else that he wants to talk about.

  17. redfred 04/18/2006 at 11:28 PM #

    It is a little far fetched to use these guidelines, when the job description does not require them. This guy teaches kids how to play a game. You can read all that you want into it, but basically that is his job. The university has the responsibilty to help student athletes with their added academic burdens and their advisors should advise them on how to conduct themselves while attending the university. If the basketball coach can add to that part of his or her development, then great. But they are hired to teach a GAME.

  18. 253541 04/18/2006 at 11:40 PM #

    Sounds like Greg Marshall or bust.

  19. redfred 04/18/2006 at 11:52 PM #

    Did they fire the sociology teacher of that kid who ran his car through the group of students in Chapel Hill? They should have.

    I don’t hold with that kind thinking and it isn’t fair to place it on coaches either. The classroom is the classroom and the gym is likewise. Don’t single out coaches as having any more infuence than the rest of the university. If that is the case then no one will be able to withstand the pressure.

  20. Iwastherein74 04/19/2006 at 12:06 AM #

    The criteria listed above are obviously those of the ideal candidate and are similar to what any employer (read HR Dept.)would want in a potential hire.
    Having said that, I wonder if Lee has considered Bobby Knight. (Don’t laugh, I’m serious). Consider the pros & cons:
    1) A great basketball mind.
    2) Great ethics, emphasizes graduation.
    3) Suberb team builder.
    4) High profile and can definitely recruit. It would be much easier for him to recruit to State than to Texas Tech!
    5) Not easily intimidated (by refs, by Roy, by K, by anybody).
    6) Would be highly motivated to succeed on a national stage (redemption)
    7) Passion!!!
    8) Track record of winning teams on national level (NCAA Champ., Final Fours, Olympics)
    9) Emphasizes discipline, selflessness
    10) Excitement!!

    1) Age – probably looking at retirement in 5 years or so.
    2) Media – not a great admirer of the media, which just adds to his appeal IMHO
    3) Could be a bit difficult for Lee to control

    Overall, if he were interested, I think a strong case could be made for Knight as a short-term answer. He could put us where we need to be vis-a-vis UNC & Duke and NCAA, get us back into contention as a national basketball power, and basically undo the slide of the last 16 years. This would position us to attract top tier coaches down the road. Five years from now, the whole coaching landscape will be different anyway, and we would be in a better position to hire a top drawer guy.
    Now, tell me why I’m right or why I’m wrong!

  21. redfred 04/19/2006 at 12:11 AM #


    I love you! I have been harping on this for days with no response to the dislike of many a Wolfpack fan. Please see my posts on “You need to be excited” and on down the line from there.

  22. Iwastherein74 04/19/2006 at 12:21 AM #

    Thanks, redfred: Some people might object to Knight because of the infamous chair throwing incident, but I figure Knight has mellowed a little and wouldn’t do anything like that again. And, I wonder if Lee might be threatened by Knight, but I don’t know Lee personally and could be wrong. Man, can you imagine what Knight could get going at State?!

  23. redfred 04/19/2006 at 12:22 AM #

    We need a pure t, 100% lives and breathes, BASKETBALL COACH, to right the ship, nothing more. The Pope is not necessary, and actually doesn’t qualify.

  24. redfred 04/19/2006 at 12:36 AM #

    I have already been trumpted by the chair, and Lee would be threatened, but so are the fans posting here. Why? I do not know. Please go back thru the post from a few days back. I have spilled my guts on this topic and said about all I can say about it. BK, in Raleigh. ESPN, ESPN2, Sports South,….every tidbit would be broadcast until the most anticipated season in ACC history started. Three hall of famers (Roy included? Maybe not if Knight comes to town) within spitting distance and coaching in the same conference. Absolute FIREWORKS. It would go on and on.

  25. Iwastherein74 04/19/2006 at 12:50 AM #

    I went back and read your posts. (BTW, I have also posted as “74Pack” but am on the road and couldn’t remember my password, so logged on as “iwastherein74”).
    Obviously, the perception is that Knight is a loose cannon and a child abuser – probably the result of the media’s one-sided lambasting and Feinstein’s (A Dookie, remember?) character assassination in , I believe, “A Season on the Brink”.
    What I know of Knight is that most of his former IU players say he is one tough SOB but that they love him like a father. Most say that he taught them values beyond basketball, like self-discipline, honesty, integrity, determination, committment, perserverence, and sacrifice.
    Speaking for myself, I’d be proud to have Knight as our coach, and there is no doubt in my mind, he would put us back on the basketball map, bigtime.
    As to why responses to your posts were so few, I guess many of the people on this blog are too young to remember Knight’s success at Indiana and that he taught K everything he knows!

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