N.C. State Women’s Basketball

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

jgiglio@newsobserver.comApril 5, 2013 

Debbie Yow wanted a proven winner to lead N.C. State’s women’s basketball program.

The N.C. State athletic director found one in Wes Moore, who was hired from Chattanooga on Friday. Plus, he has a connection to the Wolfpack program.

Moore has won 558 games in 24 seasons and he spent two seasons as an assistant to the legendary Kay Yow at N.C. State in the mid-1990s.

Moore, 57, led Chattanooga, where he coached the past 15 years, to 12 regular-season Southern Conference titles and nine tournament championships. Moore previously coached at Division II Francis Marion and Division III Maryville College. He’s only coach to lead teams to the NCAA tournament at the Division I, II and III levels.

“Coach Moore is a special coach and a terrific person,” Debbie Yow said Friday in a statement released by the school. “He has an impressive ability to rebuild programs. Quite simply, Wes wins no matter where he has coached.”

Moore replaces Kellie Harper, who was dismissed last week after compiling a 70-64 record in four seasons. The Wolfpack went 17-17 this past season under Harper, who was an assistant for Moore at Chattanooga for three seasons.

Moore is the fourth head coach in school history and first man to lead the program since Peanut Doak’s lone season in 1974-75. Kay Yow built the program into one of the best in the ACC and won 680 games in 34 seasons before her death after a long fight with cancer in 2009.

Harper replaced Yow and led the Wolfpack to a 20-14 record in 2009-10 but that was her only NCAA tournament appearance.

Moore led Chattanooga to a 29-4 record this past season, which included a win over Tennessee in December. The Mocs won both the Southern Conference regular-season title and the conference tournament but had a 19-game winning streak ended by Nebraska in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

“I am humbled and proud to be back at N.C. State, and to be a part of returning this storied program to prominence,” Moore an assistant to Yow from 1993 to ’95, said in a statement released by the school. “The great tradition and history of Wolfpack Women’s Basketball make it one of the best places in the country to coach and play.”

Moore, who has a 558-169 career record, will be introduced in a press conference by N.C. State on Monday.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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