Career Quick Facts Head coaching record: 601-192 (.758) Completed seasons: 26 Winning seasons: 25 Postseason appearances: 22 20-win seasons: 21 25-win seasons: 10 Coach of the Year honors: 11
One of the top head coaches in NCAA women's basketball, Wes Moore will begin his third season as the head coach of NC State with the start of the 2015-16 season.
In his first season at the helm of the NC State women's basketball program (2013-14), Moore led the Wolfpack to the following accomplishments:
A 25-8 record A top 25 RPI A fourth place ACC finish despite preseason prediction of 10th 11 straight weeks in the AP and USA Today polls A first AP top-10 ranking since 2001 Four wins over AP top-20 teams Ten wins over top-100 RPI teams A 13-2 nonconference record A 14-2 record at home
His second season (2014-15) at the helm of the Wolfpack was also impressive, as his team struggled through the significant adversity of having five student-athletes miss a combined 81 games throughout the season as a result of multiple injuries and an NCAA ruling on freshman Bosnian center Sara Boric to still finish with an 18-15 record which ended in the Sweet 16 of the 2015 WNIT.
In a WNIT first-round win at East Tennessee State on March 19 of his second season at NC State, Moore earned the 600th win of his career. In so doing, he became just the ninth head coach in NCAA history to earn 600 wins in 800 or fewer games (791).
NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced on April 5, 2013 that Wes Moore had been hired as NC State's new head women's basketball coach.
Moore spent 15 seasons (1988-2013) as the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where he led the Lady Mocs to 12 Southern Conference (SoCon) regular season titles, nine SoCon tournament championships, and nine NCAA Tournament berths, while becoming the winningest coach in UTC and SoCon history. He came to Raleigh as the reigning SoCon Coach of the Year, an award he has earned on six separate occasions.
In the 2012-13 campaign, Moore guided the Lady Mocs to the SoCon regular season and tournament titles, equaled the best win total in school history at 29-4, and knocked off an NCAA Elite Eight Tennessee Lady Vols squad by a score of 80-71 in the regular season. The Lady Mocs posted a 19-1 conference mark and closed out the regular season on a 19-game win streak, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
He is the only coach in history to advance three different teams to the NCAA Tournament at the Division I, II, and III levels.
"Coach Moore is a special coach and a terrific person," said Yow. "He has an impressive ability to rebuild programs. Quite simply, Wes wins no matter where he has coached. With the additions of Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC will clearly be the premiere women's basketball conference in the nation. NC State is determined to return to the upper tier of our league, and, over time, Coach Moore and his staff will achieve that goal for us. Additionally, his teams have excelled academically, and we share that value."
Near the end of his time at UT Chattanooga, Moore's Lady Mocs squads recorded perfect 1000 single-year NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) in three of the last four reporting periods and Graduation Success Rates (GSR) above 75% for the last four cohort periods.
"I am humbled and proud to be back at NC State, and to be a part of returning this storied program to prominence," said Moore. "The great tradition and history of Wolfpack Women's Basketball make it one of the best places in the country to coach and play. Debbie Yow has a reputation for building successful athletic departments that win, while also preparing student-athletes to have productive lives long after their college careers are over. I'm very thankful for this great opportunity and can't wait to get started. Go Pack!"
From 1993-95, Moore served as women's basketball assistant coach at NC State under legendary head coach Kay Yow. During that time, the Wolfpack went 34-24 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. His other head coaching stops include Maryville College (Division III) and Francis Marion (Division II).