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: