My View: Dr. Debbie Yow Is Experienced And Successful

On May 5th, shortly after it was announced that Lee Fowler was leaving NC State I wrote a lengthy list of my idea of the requirements of who would have the best chance of success leading NC State’s athletics into the 2010 decade:

In short, State should hire someone who meets this basic set of requirements.  Quickly, let’s review:

  • Athletic Director experience at a BCS/Power Conference school – CHECK
  • A successful record in managing football and basketball (conference championship-level teams, and one that’s an NCAA Tournament regular in basketball) CHECK
  • A sucessful and dynamic fundraiser – CHECK
  • One who is successful public relations, works well with the press, and Internet management – CHECK
  • Demonstrated innovative and successful brand management,  where value and media income are maximized – CHECK
  • Successful management of NCAA rules and regulations (no major probations or lingering questions) – CHECK, only secondary violations
  • Has managerial courage – will make the tough call when it needs making – BIG, BIG CHECK
  • Successful management of the academic requirements required by the University – CHECK

Of the list I wrote, Dr. Yow meets every single requirement, and fairly easily at that.  Granted, I was by no means the hiring manager, nor did I have a thing to do with the hiring process, and quite frankly, what I wrote back then was little more than a wish-listing created by a fan hopeful of the best possible outcome.  Today, we got that best possible outcome, and it is clear to me that NC State is in the best hands it’s been in for years, possibly even in the last 50 years.

Let’s let the University of Maryland’s press release announcing her departure for Raleigh speak for itself:

During her service at Maryland, a 16-year period in which a remarkable 54 percent of Maryland’s 37 national championships have been won, the department has completed a $180 million expansion and upgrade of facilities, has had steadily improving academic results among its student-athletes, has balanced each of its 16 budgets and has won a remarkable 20 team national championships – among the top programs in the nation.

In an era when athletic directors move frequently, Debbie Yow came to Maryland, set a vision for Terrapin Athletics and stayed the course until the majority of her goals have been met.

This is exactly what NC State has needed since, well, since as long as I can remember.  As the largest university in the state, one blessed with passionate die-hard fans who support their teams through thick and thin, State’s needs a leader with Yow’s qualities if it is to ever have a chance to succeed.  Now that Dr. Yow is in place, it’s my feeling that the table is set for a feast of Wolfpack victories on every field, court, course or track where it competes.  That feast will be one that is gobbled down by what is frankly a starving mass that’s waited a long, long time.  Too long.

That doesn’t mean that today means State will suddenly be great everywhere, there’s a lot of work to do.  That work will take a long time and it will require a great deal of patience to see those results begin to show themselves.  Patience is in short supply in West Raleigh at times, but that’s exactly what Yow will need, and that’s quite frankly what she deserves.  Her track record says to trust her, and that’s what we should do — even when we disagree with her methods or decisions.

With that, I offer my welcome to Dr. Debbie Yow and wish her the best as she works as an agent of change in the deadwood forest of the Athletic Department, of  Wolfpack Sports Marketing and with us – the fans of NC State who are too accustomed to negativity and failure.  It all needs changing and I look forward to that happening.

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27 Responses to My View: Dr. Debbie Yow Is Experienced And Successful

  1. jncope 06/25/2010 at 6:13 PM #

    Thank you for your common sense. I can’t believe the meltdown over at the other site. This is a very good hire. I’m not privy to the hiring process details so I can’t comment on allegations that it wasn’t handled well but I judge the end result a great hire. Only time will tell but she has all of the qualifications we needed and her results are a testament to that. It sounds like she has just the sort of tough, no-nonsense approach that we need.

    I would add one thing to your very good list. This is one from Coach Harper. -> Our new AD needs to understand that they are dealing with a different beast at NC State with regard to our passionate fanbase. -I’d say that’s a big, big check.

    The last twenty years have been tough for Pack fans but I think we can really start looking forward to the next ten.

  2. Moose Hunter 06/25/2010 at 6:48 PM #

    Here here! Here’s to a perpetually sharp axe for the deadwood forest. To quote ol’ Herb, its time to start chopping wood.

  3. leewolf 06/25/2010 at 6:53 PM #

    Correct on all points Alpha, great post. She has a great resume and I guarantee you that the athletics department will be much better by the time Yow leaves it than when she came in every respect. She has high expectations, will not be afraid to make changes in order to get to the place NC State athletics needs to get to, and she gets it. She gets NC State, she understands that this school has tons of potential to be great. I think her and Dr. Woodson are on the same page in terms of their vision for NC State and both are a welcome breath of fresh air to NC State.

    The folks on the other site fall into one of three categories:

    1) They had a pet candidate they are upset didn’t get the job.
    2) They don’t like Yow because she is a woman or some other quality about her (or made up quality about her) that they can hate on her for that has nothing to do with her job performance.
    3) They are going to complain about the hire and everything else no matter who it is.

    The rational fans are willing to give her a chance and I have a feeling that is how the vast majority of the fan base feels.

  4. Plz2BStateFan 06/25/2010 at 7:03 PM #

    If you visit pack pride and you think this is a bad hire you are wrong. There is no visible evidence I have seen that supports this notion. Change you opinion now please.

    Everyone else.

    The leadership above the entire department is now filled with competent leaders that actually have tons of experience on how to do this right. It will start to trickle sunlight down into every dark damp corner of the department.

    We are setup for an excellent era in Wolfpack Sports.

  5. 61Packer 06/25/2010 at 7:27 PM #

    Yes, with the current coaches we have in place at NCSU and a woman AD to keep them in line, we are indeed set up for an excellent era in Wolfpack sports.

    Get real, people.

  6. Joepack 06/25/2010 at 8:05 PM #

    Great post. I hope today marks a turning point for NC State.

  7. Lunatic Fringe 06/25/2010 at 8:54 PM #

    Is Day 1 on the job to early to give George Tarantini his walking papers?

  8. Plz2BStateFan 06/25/2010 at 8:59 PM #

    I can’t tell if that woman comment is serious or not. But I would say, I guarantee she is smarter and more capable than you and most other candidates.

    If you were joking however, HIGH FIVE.


  9. MatSci94 06/25/2010 at 9:17 PM #

    SI Dir first…

  10. WendellPackster 06/25/2010 at 9:20 PM #

    Hip Hip Hooray!!!

  11. The Captain 06/25/2010 at 10:35 PM #

    Nice to see that the Adult board realizes that this is a good hire.

  12. spanky 06/25/2010 at 11:25 PM #

    Agree big time. And Captain, this is exactly why I love this place… It actually feels like a well thought out organized place where you can have adult conversations, which never ever take place at the other places.

  13. newt 06/25/2010 at 11:49 PM #

    Today I finally “got” the difference between PackPride and the folks who spend their time here. I wouldn’t know where to begin to respond to those folks, because they are stating so many misinformed opinions so loudly. Fortunately, not a single one of those fools has any effect on the program, especially now with the old folks gone and the new folks in place. I dare say this site does in fact influence the program, because it lays out rational, well-thought-out positions backed by information.

    To say that Yow was 100 kajillion times better in her press conference today than Fowler could have ever hoped to have been, even had he gone to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil in exchange for some elegance as an AD, would be a massive understatement.

  14. STLPack01 06/25/2010 at 11:54 PM #

    I’m glad to see this site make the turn concerning Yow. At first it was all negative posts. I haven’t been over to Pack Pride, but they are well known for their erudite discussions. Cheers to this community who are willing to evaluate situations objectively.

    BTW, I would love to see one of those famous analyses of Fowler’s record that I’ve seen up here so often (which convinced me of the legitimacy of his ouster) vs. Yow’s record. I’m guessing that the numbers will speak for themselves.

  15. OwenUnderground78 06/26/2010 at 12:11 AM #

    Debbie’s qualifications are excellent plus she’s from little ol’ Gibsonville. Home of the Yow’s, Torry and Terrence Holt, and Pete’s grill. They even have a sign as you enter G-ville from Elon noting it’s the home of Torry Holt with a little “Tuffy” the Strutting Wolf on it.

    Don’t know if this was posted previously, but here’s cut and paste (too late to figure out how to put in a proper link) to see an article that ran a couple of months ago about Kay’s monument that her brother had commissioned. Even the artist from Iowa is a State fan now after researching Kay for background info to do the monument.

  16. wufpup76 06/26/2010 at 2:43 AM #

    Welcome Debbie Yow …

    Let’s get this thing rolling!

    Her resume speaks for itself, and I am more than willing to see what will happen under her direction.

    I hope most State fans/alums – even if they don’t agree with the hire – will at least *attempt* to be objective and unbiased about future decisons from Dr. Yow. Her resume suggests she deserves at least that much. I’m big on giving credit where it’s due, particularly if I’m one calling out negatives.

    The media has pigeon-holed most State fans as basically “idiots” for their “treatment” of those poor, poor martyrs Lee and Herb. They are wrong, becuase there are mountains of empirical evidence against those two.

    The media would be unfortunatley correct though if fans were like this against DY from the start. There is nothing wrong with pointing out negatives and fallacies as they occur – in fact, you should – but I hope everyone sees that there is no such evidence against DY at NC State right now. Everything I’ve heard negative so far has been opinion and conjecture.

    Let’s hope no such evidence mounts; let’s hope we win; let’s hope she can help get us there.

    Go Pack

  17. tjfoose1 06/26/2010 at 3:59 AM #

    Was underwhelmed at first (and admittedly under-informed), and disappointed. But I also understood her record had earned her the benefit of the doubt.

    Thanks for the education, and for allowing me to feel much much better about the hire and Woodson’s actions in making it.

  18. packplantpath 06/26/2010 at 9:04 AM #

    I feel pretty much the same way TJ. I still don’t like the fact that we took her from another ACC team, but I can live with it. She certainly said all the right things in the presser.

    Welcome aboard Dr. Yow.

    BTW, what is her Ph.D. in?

  19. IMFletcherWolf 06/26/2010 at 9:34 AM #

    This is a good hire and I’m glad to see that SFN & most of the readers here recognize that. Great analysis Alpha and thanks again.

  20. redwolf87 06/26/2010 at 9:34 AM #

    When the hints of this started to pop up last week, I thought, not bad–probably a good fit for both the school and for her. And I still think that, maybe even reinforced by yesterday’s presser.

    This should work out fine. Somebody who is a 180-degree turnaround from Fowler has to be good.

    As a side note, I am very appreciative of the reasonable and intelligent nature of the discussion on this blog and the forum. That disaster going on at the other website is completely embarrassing and not worth my time.

  21. durhamwolf19 06/26/2010 at 1:44 PM #

    Thanks for the audio. I really liked the part about that our competitors want NC State to stay status quo and she is not planning to do that. Much different than the Lee and Herb attitude of not expecting to compete with the Duke and UNC’s of the world.

  22. ChemPack82 06/26/2010 at 5:55 PM #

    Well said, Alpha.

  23. tractor57 06/26/2010 at 9:20 PM #

    “and all God’s children said amen”

    Thanks for the audio from the presser – Dr. Yow said all the right things. Now to the work ahead!

  24. Primewolf 06/27/2010 at 3:46 PM #

    Great hire. We are lucky to get her.

    Clean house, Dr Yow.

    Bring in some pros to run the dept and get rid of all the ex wolfpack jock wannabes that can’t spell or perform critical thinking.

    Go to the BOT and figure out a way to get another $10M per year for the dept. Raise student fees, raise tic prices.

    Don’t let em build any facilities in areas where there wasn’t enough land to build a good highschool facility, like the baseball and tennis venues. What an embarassement.

    Don’t go for the BS need for an indoor practice facility for football. I don’t see that bringing in more than one more three star, which is about all TOB goes for.

  25. greatballsoffire 06/28/2010 at 8:56 AM #

    This is a fantastic hire. She is a tenacious woman and I think she’ll bring about some much needed, albeit perhaps uncomfortable, changes. We may not agree with everything she’ll do, but we have to understand that she will at least THINK before acting.

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