Coach Wright Wayne has been a fixture in the NC State athletics department for over 30 years. As the first full-time strength and conditioning coach at NC State Coach Wayne began his tenure here by working primarily with the football and men's basketball teams. As he was doing so he began introducing athletes from the other 19 sports to strength training and designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for each of them. He has been involved with athletes and teams that have acquired 7 NCAA Championships and over 50 ACC Championships and currently oversees the year round strength and conditioning program for the men's tennis, women's tennis, gymnastics and softball teams.
"As a strength and conditioning coach I think that your primary goal is to provide the proper setting and program that will allow each athlete to improve from year to year," said Wright. Athletes are not all the same. Each one has their own strengths and weaknesses and it's important to ensure that their program addresses these needs on an individual basis.
"I believe that the cornerstone of any strength and conditioning program is injury prevention. We're always concentrating on stabilizing and strengthening the areas that are most vulnerable in the particular sport that the student-athlete is participating in. When injuries do occur, the strength and conditioning coaches and the sports medicine department work closely to provide the most effective rehab program possible to provide the athlete a full and speedy recovery. By helping our student-athletes make regular progress in their strength, agility, speed and quickness, we help them keep injuries to a minimum and also help them reach their full potential, regardless of their chosen sport."
Coach Wayne is a native of Whiteville, North Carolina and graduated from Southeastern Community College in 1971. He then served as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy as a Radioman at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan. He is married to the former Nancy Wilson of Miami, Fla.