Stevenson Goes for 500th Career Victory at Sweetheart Invitational
Feb. 15, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State head gymnastics coach Mark Stevenson will try for his 500th career victory on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Wolfpack hosts its annual Sweetheart Invitational. Despite inclement weather, the meet will begin at its scheduled start time, 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
This year's Sweetheart Invitational will feature teams from Bowling Green, George Washington, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and William & Mary. With the exception of Bowling Green and William & Mary, the other teams competing are East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) members along with the Wolfpack.
Stevenson, now in his 33rd season as head coach, owns a career mark of 496-282-2 and will eclipse 500 wins with at least a second place finish at the six team meet on Saturday. Under his direction, the Pack has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 10 consecutive appearances.
His 496 career wins ranks seventh among active coaches at the same school. Other honors that Stevenson has received include EAGL Coach of the Year five times and NCAA Regional Coach of the Year, also received five times. In 2012, he received both of the previously mentioned awards after leading the Pack to a 21-8 record and third place finish at the NCAA Regional.
NC State is currently second in the EAGL with an average of 194.704, behind Maryland at 195.240. State boasts the highest team average in the league on beam with a 48.663, second on vault 48.996 and third on floor with a 48.808.
Fans attending the meet will be able to receive the 2013 team poster, mini poster and schedule cards. In addition, there will be a drawing for two tickets to the men's basketball game against Florida State at PNC Arena on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
Vouchers for free admission to the gymnastics meet on Mar. 10 at home against William & Mary at 4:30 p.m. will be distributed. T-shirts will also be thrown into the crowd at the end of each rotation for every score of 9.7 or better by a Wolfpack gymnast.
Admission prices for the event will be $5 for adults (18 & older), $3 for senior citizens (65 & older) and free for children (17 & under).