Case, Valvano, Yow lead legends in first N.C. State Hall of Fame class

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 26, 2012 

  • More information N.C. State Hall of Fame Class Genia Beasley, women’s basketball, 1977-80 Ted Brown, football, 1975-78 Everett Case, men’s basketball (coach), 1946-64 Roman Gabriel, football, 1958-61 Tab Ramos, men’s soccer, 1984-87 Jim Ritcher, football, 1976-79 Julie Shea, women’s cross country, track & field, 1977-80 David Thompson, men’s basketball, 1972-75 Jim Valvano, men’s basketball (coach), 1980-90 Kay Yow, women’s basketball (coach),1975-2009 Source: N.C. State

Half of N.C. State’s first hall-of-fame class has ties to the school’s basketball programs.

Legendary coaches Everett Case, Jim Valvano and Kay Yow will be honored with the school’s inaugural class, 10 inductees in all, on Oct. 5 at Reynolds Coliseum.

David Thompson, who led the men’s program to the 1974 national title and is considered to be the best player in ACC history, and Genia Beasley, who led the Wolfpack to the 1980 ACC title and is the school’s career leader in points and rebounds, are also in the first class.

Three football players – quarterback Roman Gabriel, running back Ted Brown and center Jim Ritcher – will be honored.

Men’s soccer great Tab Ramos and record-setting track and distance runner Julie Shea were also selected by the 14-person committee.

A physical home for the school’s hall of fame is still in the planning stages, but the inductees will honored at a public banquet at Reynolds, where so many of them made their marks in school and NCAA history, on Friday, Oct. 5.

Case, a basketball pioneer, planted the seeds for the popularity of the ACC and the college game today in the state and throughout the South. His 377 wins, from 1946 through ’65, still rank as the most in school history. The "Gray Fox" won nine conference titles in his first 10 seasons at N.C. State and was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Valvano coached the Wolfpack to its second national title in men’s basketball in 1983, in one of the most improbable and memorable NCAA tournament runs in the sport’s history. The "Cardiac Pack" upset of high-powered Houston in the NCAA championship game in ’83 was one of the benchmarks in popularity for the tournament and contributed to the "March Madness" nickname.

Valvano led the Pack to the ACC title in ’83 and ’87 and the regular-season ACC title in ’85 and ’89.

Yow won 680 games in 34 seasons (1975 through 2009) and led N.C. State to the ACC title four times, the NCAA tournament 20 times and the Final Four in 1998. She was also the head coach of the women’s U.S. Olympic team, which won gold in 1988.

Like Case and Yow, Thompson is enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The forward from Shelby helped the Wolfpack end UCLA’s seven-year NCAA title run in the 1974 Final Four in Greensboro. Thompson led the Pack to its first NCAA title (1974) and ACC titles in ’73 and ’74 before a nine-year career in the ABA and NBA.

Beasley, a Kodak All-American forward from Benson, averaged 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds in her career (1977 to ’80) and ranks third in ACC history in scoring (2,367 points) and rebounding (1,245).

Brown rushed for 4,602 yards and 49 touchdowns, both still ACC records, from 1975 to ’78. He’s joined in the class by Ritcher, a former teammate, and the Outland Trophy winner, as the nation’s top linemen, in 1979. At 6-5 and 220 pounds, Gabriel, the two-time ACC Player of the Year (1960 and ’61) was a the prototype for the modern NFL quarterback. He was the MVP of the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. All three are members of the college football hall of fame.

Three times in the 1990s, Ramos, a midfielder, made the U.S. World Cup team and he was a three-time All-American at State.

Shea, from Raleigh, won seven national titles in her prolific cross country and track career at N.C. State in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was an 11-time All-American in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter races, the nation’s top female athlete in 1980 and the ACC athlete of the year in 1980 and ’81.

N.C. State announced in May it plans on inducting as many as 10 members in the first three classes and up to six each year after.

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