Yow makes 7th head coaching change

NC State announced yesterday that Steve Springthorpe has stepped down as the head coach of the women’s soccer program. (Link)

This move will mark the seventh head coaching change in west Raleigh since Debbie Yow became athletics director in June of 2010 and began righting the Wolfpack ship that had was previously rudderless. I absolutely love it!

State finished 0-10 in ACC play and 5-14 overall.

Yow, since taking over, has made decisive moves to upgrade State’s programs. She fired men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe and hired Mark Gottfried. And while that has been the most high-profile of her moves, she has made other changes as well to try to jump-start a Wolfpack athletics program that had not been strong across the board.

Yow has made changes in men’s soccer, swimming and diving, wrestling, volleyball, softball and now women’s soccer.

Springthorpe just completed his fourth season at the helm of the Wolfpack. He posted a 30-43-4 record since taking over in 2009.

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25 Responses to Yow makes 7th head coaching change

  1. OldWolf76 10/30/2012 at 12:03 PM #

    Hey Debbie… Do you know what I am thinking?

  2. CylonWolf 10/30/2012 at 12:10 PM #

    Debbie has not made a change in volleyball…a certain other AD made that hire.

  3. sequoyah 10/30/2012 at 12:15 PM #

    wow, that didn’t take long – go Debbie.

    NBC17 article needs some help – for starters, Lowe officially resigned, not the same thing as being fired, even under the circumstances. And volleyball coaching hire was made by Lee F (even a blind pig finds an acorn every now & then).

  4. StateFans 10/30/2012 at 12:17 PM #


    I’m trying to figure out your point?

  5. tractor57 10/30/2012 at 12:30 PM #

    sequoyah what is the difference between “fired” and “asked to resign”? Other than offering the face saving way out they come to the same end. I’m glad DY allowed Lowe the opportunity to resign but in the end that is a difference without a distinction.

  6. packtattoo 10/30/2012 at 12:33 PM #

    sequoyah, we all know that sidney “officially” resigned, however that was just to keep from being “officially” fired.

  7. CylonWolf 10/30/2012 at 12:59 PM #

    The point would be that you gave her credit for a hire she didnt make? And that therefore, the article/headline is factually incorrect? Im not a LF fan by any stretch, but you have to give credit where it belongs.

  8. highstick 10/30/2012 at 1:08 PM #

    Just for kicks, guess how many years it would have taken for Fowler to replace that many coaches?

  9. coach13 10/30/2012 at 1:09 PM #

    Your program is either (1) a top contender, (2) rising toward the top, or (3) sinking to the bottom.

    If you are not at the top and are showing no real signs of improvement, you are sinking. I say this because if I were a sought after recruit I woould never pick a school that is not in category 1 or 2, and thus everyone else will benefit from these recruits but you, and you are falling behind even further. TOB & Co. Good coaches who folks beleive are keeping the status quo, when in reality, are sinking.

  10. nova_pack 10/30/2012 at 1:11 PM #

    The linked article has apparently already been modified to correctly indicate that this is only the 6th coaching change under Yow. Obvioulsy many of these sports are not exactly high profile, however, they had all become stagnant and it sets a good precedent across the department to demonstrate that you are serious about expecting results. Additionally, apart from Gottfried, all the changes are low impact in terms of overall athletic budget.

  11. lawful 10/30/2012 at 1:19 PM #

    Oldwulf, I do.

  12. sequoyah 10/30/2012 at 1:57 PM #

    @tractor57 & packtattoo –

    Agree that Sid was canned by Debbie, but an article in the mainstream press by a professional journalist should stick with the ‘facts’ or at least explain the use of an alternate terminology.. Higher standard in the professional press unless it’s clearly opinion/editorial. Just like they need to stick with the facts about that guy who left for ASU – it establishes and validates a myth otherwise.

  13. tjfoose1 10/30/2012 at 2:00 PM #


    Gee, I wonder what that could be.

  14. tjfoose1 10/30/2012 at 2:01 PM #

    “Higher standard in the professional press unless it’s clearly opinion/editorial.”

    Now that’ funny. That’s a joke, right?

  15. gkg 10/30/2012 at 8:06 PM #

    Ok – so we made a coaching change in men’s soccer and the result seems to be basically the same on the field with kids now getting in trouble off the field

  16. mhcstatefan 10/30/2012 at 8:09 PM #

    I predict number 8 by the end of the year.

  17. Wufpacker 10/30/2012 at 8:15 PM #

    It would have to be a joke unless “professional” is being used solely to refer to the fact that they’re getting paid. Not much professionalism in that profession these days.

  18. tuckerdorm1983 10/30/2012 at 9:56 PM #

    I used to put my faith in a higher power. I have lost that faith. When I point my finger heavenwards it stops a little short of the all mighty. This higher power sees all and knows all. If you guessed “the replay official up in the booth” then you are correct. I thought the ground could not and I repeat could not cause a fumble. After almost 4 mins we find out that “yes in fact” it can!!! I have now got to rethink my entire philosophy of time, space and the unified theory of physics. God have mercy upon my soul.

  19. Manu Ginobili 10/31/2012 at 10:08 AM #

    In other news, the men’s soccer team is 10-8, with a 1-6 ACC record (0-3 home). The single ACC win coming at VT. Other non-conference wins to the likes of Adelphi, VMI, Gardner-Webb. Losses to Campbell and Belmont.

  20. Classof89 10/31/2012 at 1:17 PM #

    Mens soccer coach is in only his 2nd year, right? Are the kids getting in trouble his, or Tarantini’s?

  21. gkg 10/31/2012 at 8:24 PM #

    not sure if all men’s soccer are new – do know that some of former coaches players were replaced with some kids new coach brought in

  22. gkg 10/31/2012 at 8:30 PM #

    tuckerdorm1983 – it’s not whether ground can cause fumble – the player was not down yet when ball touched the ground but his body had not (the ball touching the ground does not mean player is down – I didn’t know until I looked it up). He lost control of the ball before his knee or other touched the ground.

  23. saigonwolf 10/31/2012 at 9:53 PM #

    +1 gkg. It was a fumble. I knew it was a fumble when it happened. I was hoping those crack ACC refs would screw it up and let us keep it, though. No such luck. Of course, they were just as “fabulous” the entire remainder of the game.

  24. NCSU84 11/09/2012 at 2:59 PM #

    For all those who question if Lowe was fired or resigned, for his sake I hope he was fired. If you are fired, the employer must fulfill the terms of the contract (e.g. pay you for the remainder of the contract). If you resign, you have essentially quit your job and the employer owes you nothing. This is why most coaches opt to be fired instead of resigning.

  25. NCSU84 11/09/2012 at 3:05 PM #

    And why is this article dated 10/30/12. Is it old? Is this a re-post?

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