NC State faces Temple Friday at 1:40 p.m.on TBS
Pack Face Kansas Friday Night in St. Louis
Pack faces San Diego State Friday at 12:40 on truTV
Red/White Srimmage Saturday after NCSU-UNC football game
NC State vs. Indiana - November 30, 2011
The 2014-15 season marks assistant coach Orlando Early's fourth year on the NC State men's basketball staff and his eighth season working with Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. Over that span, the duo has produced eight winning seasons and seven NCAA Tournament berths, including tourney trips in each of the last three seasons and a Sweet 16 run in 2012.
Early spent four seasons (2001-05) as an assistant under Gottfried at Alabama. The Crimson Tide topped the 20-win mark three times, posted a combined 88-41 record, advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, held the No. 1 national ranking, won an SEC regular-season championship and made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight with Early on the bench. His work as an assistant coach was recognized on a national level in 2004, as Athlon Sports named him the third best assistant coach in the nation.
Early joined the Wolfpack after serving one season as an assistant coach at South Carolina. Prior to that, he spent five seasons as the head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
Early led Louisiana-Monroe to a 60-92 record during his tenure, including a 43-24 mark in home contests. He led a squad that was heavily affected by Hurricane Katrina to a 10-18 mark during his first season (2005-06), and followed that with an 18-14 record in 2006-07 - the program's first winning season in five years. His sophomore squad collected a 14-0 mark in home contests and a share of the Sun Belt Conference West Division title in the program's first season in the league. He also guided the Warhawks to their first postseason victory since 2001-02 in the conference tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals, where they eventually fell to tournament champion North Texas.
For his efforts, Early was named Coach of the Year by four different outlets, including the Sun Belt Conference, Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches (District 8 Coach of the Year). He also concluded the 2006-07 season as a finalist for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award.
Early began his coaching career at his alma mater, Gardner-Webb, serving as an assistant from 1993-95. He followed with a three-year stint at Western Carolina. He was an assistant coach in 1996, when the Catamounts captured the Southern Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He served as associate head coach during his last two years at Western Carolina.
Early followed his term at WCU by continuing to climb the coaching ladder, spending three seasons (1998-01) as an assistant at Charlotte where he worked with fellow Wolfpack assistants Bobby Lutz and Rob Moxley when Lutz was the 49ers' head coach. He helped Charlotte to a pair of Conference USA titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT appearance.
Early and his wife, Jualeah, have three children: Nakita, Storm and Erica.