N.C. State's Yow receives contract extension, raise

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 16, 2012 

Athletic director Debbie Yow received a two-year extension and a raise from N.C. State on Friday.

The school's first national title in 30 years, in any sport, would mean a bigger bonus for Yow, who got $50,000 added to her annual supplemental income in her new contract, which runs through 2017.

A national title in football or men's basketball would be worth a $100,000 bonus for Yow, 60, who has been the Wolfpack's AD since July 2010. Yow would also receive a bonus of $50,000 for a national championship in women's basketball and $25,000 if any of the other programs deliver a national title.

"I believe in the promise of N.C. State," Yow said Friday. "We can win championships here."

In Yow's 16 years at Maryland, five teams won 17 national titles, including both basketball programs. N.C. State hasn't won an NCAA title in a team sport since the men's basketball team in 1983.

Yow's annual salary, $354,200, remain unchanged with the extension, which was approved by the N.C. State Board of Trustees on Friday. Her supplemental income jumps from $100,000 to $150,000.

In Yow's two years at N.C. State, the Wolfpack has jumped 52 spots in the Directors' Cup standings, from 89th to 37th.

N.C. State was one of three schools in 2011-12 to have a football team win its bowl game, the men's basketball team reach the Sweet 16 and the baseball program reach the Super Regional round.

When Yow was hired from Maryland to replace Lee Fowler, she brought a no-nonsense reputation and she has lived up to it. Yow has hired five coaches in her two-year tenure with men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried as the highest-profile and most successful hire to date.

In his first season, Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 and the Wolfpack is ranked No. 6 in the country this season.

During the past eight months, Yow has also reworked the school's shoe and apparel deal with adidas and agreed to a new, 10-year, $49 million multimedia contract.

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