Kay Yow through the years

January 25, 2009 

1942 - Kay Yow is born March 14 in Gibsonville.

1964 - Yow earns an English degree from East Carolina and takes a job as English teacher, librarian and girls basketball coach at High Point's Allen Jay High School. She later coaches at her alma mater, Gibsonville High.

1970 - Yow earns a master's degree in physical education from UNC-Greensboro.

1971 - Yow becomes women's athletics coordinator and women's basketball coach at Elon College.

1975 - N.C. State athletic director Willis Casey hires Yow in July as the school's first full-time women's basketball coach and athletics coordinator. She also coaches women's volleyball and softball.

1976 - Yow earns her first N.C. State basketball victory, Jan. 10, over Charleston; on Jan. 27 the Pack beats UNC 68-58 in the state's first televised women's basketball game.

1978 - Yow leads NCSU to the regular-season ACC title in the league's first season of women's basketball.

1980 - NCSU wins its first ACC Tournament championship on Feb. 10, beating Maryland in the final.

1981 - Yow coaches the U.S. team in the World University Games to a silver medal.

1986 - Yow coaches the U.S. teams in the Goodwill Games and FIBA World Championship to gold medals.

1987 - Yow is diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoes a modified radical mastectomy.

1988 - Yow leads the U.S. women's team to an Olympic gold medal in Seoul, South Korea. She also is inducted into the Elon College Sports Hall of Fame, is named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Sports Academy and receives the Carol Eckman Award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for ethics, integrity and character in coaching. She is honorary chairwoman of the Lineberger Cancer Research Center at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

1989 - Yow is inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

1990 - Yow is named Converse/WBA Women's Basketball Coach of the Year; the University of Rhode Island Institute for International Sport names Yow to a 17-member panel to develop codes of ethics for athletic organizations nationwide.

1991 - Yow is inducted into the Fellowship for Christian Athletes Hall of Fame.

1996 - Yow becomes the sixth women's coach to compile 500 victories, beating Georgia Tech on Jan. 15; later she is a torch bearer in the Olympic Torch Run.

1998 - Yow's Wolfpack plays in the school's first NCAA women's Final Four game March 27.

2000 - Yow leads NCSU to its 15th NCAA postseason appearance in the tournament's 19 years and receives the John and Nellie Wooden Award given to the NCAA Division I Women's Coach of the Year. Sports Illustrated for Women names her women's basketball coach of the year, and on June 10 she is inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

2001 - On Jan. 11, Yow becomes the fifth women's coach to win 600 Division I games.

2002 - Yow becomes the fifth female coach inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, on Sept. 27.

2004 - In December, Yow wins her 600th game at N.C. State, over Seton Hall, giving her 657 wins overall. Later, Yow has a recurrence of breast cancer and has a tumor removed.

JAN. 10, 2005 - Yow takes a break from her team to undergo a dietary and nutritional modification program in an effort to treat her cancer.

JAN. 14, 2005 - At its first game without Yow, the Wolfpack hands out 4,000 pink bracelets in honor of their coach.

JAN. 20, 2005 - Yow returns to her team to coach against Miami. The Wolfpack defeats the Hurricanes 74-57 at Reynolds Coliseum.

JULY 2005 - Yow has two more tumors removed and begins seven weeks of radiation therapy to treat another recurrence of cancer.

FEB. 2006 - NCSU starts Hoops for Hope, a basketball event that raises more than $25,000 for the Triangle affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

NOV. 2006 - Yow takes a leave of absence from coaching to deal with the progression of her breast cancer, and to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and biologic therapies. Associate head coach Stephanie Glance fills in for Yow.

JAN. 5, 2007 - In a statement on the NCSU Web site, Yow says that her chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 breast cancer is working and that the number of tumor cells in her body has dropped greatly.

JAN. 25, 2007 - Yow returns to her team for a game against Virginia. The Pack defeats the Cavaliers 71-60 at Reynolds Coliseum.

JAN. 28, 2007 - NCSU defeats Boston College in the second annual Hoops for Hope, and raises more than $43,000 for breast cancer research. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association creates a Think Pink weekend as a tribute to Yow.

FEB. 5, 2007 - With NCSU's win over Florida State, Yow becomes the sixth Division I women's basketball coach to win 700 games.

FEB. 16, 2007 - N.C. State names the court at Reynolds Coliseum "Kay Yow Court" and her team upsets UNC, ranked No. 2 in the nation, 72-65.

MARCH 3, 2007 - NCSU beats undefeated and No. 1 Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals. The Pack loses to UNC 60-54 in the final.

MARCH 15, 2007 - One day after Yow's 65th birthday and the start of a four-week cycle of chemotherapy and biologic treatments, Yow's family buries her father Hiltion, who died March 12 from congestive heart failure.

MARCH 18, 2007 - Yow is booed by a few Robert Morris fans as she is announced with her team before the first game of the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh. The Pack answers by beating Robert Morris 84-52.

MARCH 20, 2007 - State advances in the tournament, defeating Baylor 78-72 in overtime.

MARCH 24, 2007 - Traveling with a nurse and with oncologists at California Cancer Clinic on standby, Yow, in the middle of chemotherapy and biologic treatments, leads her team to Fresno, Calif., where it falls to No. 1 seed Connecticut.

JULY 2007 - Yow receives the first Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance at a ceremony in Los Angeles, and speaks of how Valvano cheered her on during her first battle with cancer in 1987.

NOV. 2007 - Still taking chemotherapy treatments, Yow begins her 38th season as Wolfpack coach. Yow's doctors predict she will be on chemo for the foreseeable future, but Yow says she feels much healthier and stronger than she did in the spring.

DEC. 2007 - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the V Foundation launch the Kay Yow/WBCA Fund, which will raise money for cancer research.

JANUARY 2008 - Yow stops receiving chemotherapy and switches to hormonal treatments.

FEBRUARY 2008 - At the third annual Hoops for Hope, State defeats Boston College 60-41, and wears special pink uniforms designed by Nike. All uniforms have the name "Yow" on the back.

MARCH 2008 - The Pack misses the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, but accepts a bid to play at the NIT. Yow's team advances to the NIT semifinals but loses a heartbreaker to Michigan State, 58-57.

DEC. 14, 2008 - Yow gets a win over Mississippi in her 1,000th game as Wolfpack coach.

DEC. 23, 2008 - Yow travels to New York with her team but misses the Pack's win over Columbia, explaining that cold temperatures have left her feeling sick.

DEC. 29, 2008 - Yow misses another game, this time in Raleigh, citing lack of energy.

DEC. 31, 2008 - Yow is absent when her team defeats Georgetown at home in Reynolds Coliseum.

JAN. 4, 2009 - Yow misses her fourth game in a row.

JAN. 6, 2009 - Yow announces she will not return for the rest of the Wolfpack season, and associate head coach Stephanie Glance takes over. Yow's condition is described as "serious," but her attitude is optimistic.

JAN. 24, 2009 - Yow dies at WakeMed Cary Hospital.


News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service