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    Kay Yow

    Head Coach

    Career Record:
    737-344 (.682) Overall, 680-325 (.677) at NC State


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    Personal Data
    Full Name: Sandra Kay Yow
    Hometown: Gibsonville, N.C.
    HS: Gibsonville HS
    College: East Carolina, 1964
    Major: English
    Coaching Experience
    NC State: 34 seasons (1975-2009)
    Others: Elon College, four years; Gibsonville and Allen Jay High Schools
    Career Record: 737-344 (.682)
    Record at NC State: 680-325 (.677)

    A native of Gibsonville, N.C., Yow led the U.S. women's basketball team to a gold medal in 1988, directed her Wolfpack club to the 1998 Final Four and in 2002, became just the fifth female coach inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Her NC State record of 680-325 left her as one of only three women's coaches at the Division I level to coach 1,000 games at one institution. On Dec. 14, 2008, in a victory over Ole Miss, Coach Yow took her place alongside legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and former Texas coach Jody Condradt.

    Yow's all-time collegiate record of 737-344 spanned 38 seasons, four with Elon College.

    There is really no right place to begin talking about Coach Yow. Her accomplishments extend beyond the basketball world, but it is within that world that she has become so accomplished.

    Yow guided her squads to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 trips to the Sweet 16, and a trip to the Elite Eight and Final Four in 1998. She collected five (1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990) Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships, four (1980, 1985, 1987, 1991) ACC Tournament titles, amassed 21, 20-win seasons and a staggering 29 winning seasons.

    In December 2007, the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation was established as a charitable organization committed to finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers. She was also involved in the creation of "Hoops 4 Hope", a basketball game centered around a cure for breast cancer.

    Yow was forced to take a leave of absence because of progression in her breast cancer and missed roughly two months (16 games) of the 2006-07 season, but fought back to make a triumphant return to the bench in a win over long-time rival Virginia on January 26, 2007. Later on that season in a win over No. 2-ranked North Carolina, the Reynolds Coliseum court was christened "Kay Yow Court".

    In 1975, Yow was hired by Willis Casey to be the head coach of the women's basketball program at NC State. She was installed as the head coach of both the softball and volleyball teams and was the coordinator of women's sports - all while developing women's basketball in its infancy.

    Yow will always be recognized as one of the most admired and respected coaches that ever competed on the national and international scene. She was a leader, role model, mentor, coach, supporter, community friend and entrepreneur. As for women's basketball history, Yow's name will most certainly be delivered in the same breath as those words forever more. She was there for the implementation of Title IX and the first NCAA Tournament in 1982. Yow never relented her pursuit to improve the sport of women's basketball despite all of her achievements. The game was good to her, but more importantly, Yow was instrumental for the game.

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