July 3, 2013
NC State head coach Elliott Avent has been named the 2013 ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
In 2013, Avent guided the Wolfpack to its first 50-win season in program history and took NC State to its first College World Series since 1968. The Pack finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally, the highest final ranking for the baseball team since 1968.
The 17th-year skipper, and winningest coach in NC State baseball history, had to navigate an injury-plagued regular season that saw a total of 42 games missed by Wolfpack starters, including 11 games missed by All-America shortstop Trea Turner after a broken ankle sidelined him in March.
To succeed through that adversity, Avent needed to make more coaching decisions than practically any other manager in the country. NC State's bullpen combined to pitch 315 innings over the season. The Pack set a school record for stolen bases (110) for the second year in a row (102 in 2012), and tied program records for shutouts (7) and saves (19).
Avent piloted the Pack to a 32-6 record over the final 38 games of the season, the best stretch run ever produced by an NC State squad, en route to the second-most regular season wins in program history (42).
State also posted an overall postseason record of 8-3, and an NCAA Tournament record of 6-2, both good for school records.
The 2013 Wolfpack drew a record 62,170 fans to Doak Field at Dail Park, an average of 1,884 per game. State set a single-game record by drawing 3,123 fans to the Pack's 7-3 win over North Carolina on April 27. Five of the six largest crowds in Doak Field at Dail Park history occurred in 2013.