Yow discusses improvement in Director’s Cup

When Debbie Yow was introduced as AD at NC State in June of 2010, one of her main goals was to get the athletic program to finish in the top 25 of the Director’s Cup. This goal is something that the Wolfpack had yet to reach. When she was hired, State was ranked 89th. A big improvement was needed. Since she has taken over, the coaching hires have been really good. While most people spend the vast majority of time concerned with the two revenue sports, football and men’s basketball (and understandably so), the improvement in the Olympic sports has been most refreshing. New coaches have brought out results that we haven’t seen in a long time, if ever. Here are some highlights:

    9 teams finished in the top 25
    Softball made its first Super Regional (first Super Regional by any school within the state of North Carolina)
    Men’s Swimming won the ACC and finished #8 in the NCAA.
    Wrestling had one individual NCAA champion (Nick Gwiazdowski – back to back) and finished 16th as a team

When you add on the improvement of the football team, going 3-9 to 8-5 with a bowl win, the men’s basketball team returning to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd time in 4 years, and the baseball team returning to the NCAA tournament and being thisclose to a return ticket to the Super Regional, all in all it was a good year.

NC State finished 27th in the Director’s Cup standings this year.

Yow discussed her feelings about finishing 27th here.

“I am pleased about it,” Yow said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I think one of the challenges for me is to stop long enough to celebrate what (teams) have achieved.”

What do the coaches think about one of her main goals?

“The coaches in general have embraced in some cases and in other cases accepted the fact that top 25 right now is the goal for us competitively,” Yow said. “And that we’re not going to back off that.”

I love it. That is what the Pack should strive for every year.

For next year, the stage is set to take that next step to make the top 25 and maybe even higher. And some more conference championship banners would be the icing on the cake. When that happens, ESPN will have no choice but to show more of this guy:


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    Until State becomes a factor in the race for an ACC title in football and men’s basketball, I just won’t be able to see any significant improvement in the two sports that really matter.

    I don’t give a crap about the Director’s Cup. 1979 and 1987 matter more to me. Football continues to finish in the lower half of its division, and men’s basketball remains well outside the top 4 finishers in the ACC standings. This is longstanding.

    These are the 2 hurdles that Wolfpack sports needs to get past, not simply moving up 2 notches in the DC standings or just making it to any bowl or being one of the “last in” to the Dance.


    The significance in the Director’s Cup Standings is that it was another indication that Jed didn’t have any hard, meaningful standards for the athletic dept as a whole OR the two sports that most fans care about. Clearly that is no longer the case.

    The open issue right now is how “good” do the two main sports have to be to qualify as “good enough”. But since the overall standards are higher, then there is at least reason for optimism that football and basketball will be held to higher standards moving forward.

    But as I move into the realm of pure speculation, two S-16’s in four years probably falls into the “good enough” category.


    Did someone snap the picture of Debbie at the wrong time or did she forget what the “wolf sign” looks like? It seems too close to something I see way too often here in the state of Texas!


    Count me in a proud of the effort and most of all the continued effort from the administration, AD, coaches and plays of all sports. The improvement of all olympic sports will eventually help both football and men’s basketball as well as the university as a whole.

    The positive press we are getting vs the cheaters is killing the fan base over at the hill….thank you D. Yow.


    First you build an attitude of success. That is what is happening across the NCS sports spectrum. Good is no longer enough.
    I think this is the right way to get what we all want, quality is all areas.

    We’ve had spikes of success in the past, but we haven’t sustained quality in any sport in a very long time. It feels like we have coaches in both key sports that want to stick around.We have an AD that is demanding success and is spending to support it.

    I don’t know if this will translate to championship banners immediately, but it really seems like a strong, positive direction.

    Well done Ms Yow.

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