NC State taps Chattanooga's Wes Moore to coach women's hoops team

Associated PressApril 5, 2013 

North Carolina State has hired Chattanooga's Wes Moore as its new women's basketball coach.

Senior associate athletic director Michael Lipitz said Friday that Moore would succeed Kellie Harper, who was fired after four seasons in which she reached the NCAA tournament only once.

Moore spent the past 15 seasons at Chattanooga, guiding the Lady Mocs to the NCAA tournament nine times in that span. This year's team tied a program record with 29 wins, including 19 straight with a run to the Southern Conference title before losing to Nebraska in the opening round of the NCAA's Norfolk Regional.

The 57-year-old coach has 558 career wins in 24 seasons going back to stops at Division II Francis Marion and Division III Maryville College, and led both programs to the NCAA tournament.

That would make him the only coach to take schools to the NCAA tournament at all three levels, according to his bio at Chattanooga.

Moore also spent two seasons as a Wolfpack assistant under late Hall of Famer Kay Yow from 1993-95.

"He just wins, bottom line," Lipitz said. "He's passionate about it, he's passionate about N.C. State and he's got a plan for how to build the program back to the top of the league."

The school hasn't released contract terms for Moore since it's still pending approval by the school's board of trustees.

N.C. State fired Harper last week after the former Tennessee player under Pat Summitt went just 50-50 in the past three seasons, including 16-32 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Harper was the successor to Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.

Harper's first team went 20-14, made a surprise run to the ACC tournament final and reached the NCAAs in 2010. But that season ended up being the high point.

The Wolfpack went 17-17 last season, ending with a loss at James Madison in the second round of the WNIT.

Moore will be just the fourth coach in program history.

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