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First football game
The first official football game is played against Raleigh Academy, a local prep school. The A&M team wins, 12-6.
1892 - 1895
Pink and blue colors
The very earliest sports teams at NC State wore pink and blue, colors chosen by the literary societies.
1892 - 1910
No consistent name
There wasn't a consistent name for the sport teams during the early decades of the college. Names such as "Farmers and Mechanics," "Aggies," and "Techs" were used loosely.
First baseball game
First official baseball game is played, with Guilford College as the opponent.
Brown and white colors
The Athletic Association approved brown and white as colors for the sports teams. Use of these colors was very short-lived.
Red and white chosen
A majority of students chose red and white as colors for the sports teams. The colors changed a couple different times during the early years of the college. The faculty agreed to the adoption of red and white and stated that they could not be changed again without a vote of two-thirds of the student body. The colors have remained the same ever since.
First track team
The first track team is organized for intercollegiate competition but is disbanded after the season. Track does not reappear at A&M until 1905.
Easter Monday tradition
The first Easter Monday baseball game against Wake Forest is played, a tradition that would last until 1947.
First football game on campus
The first on-campus football game is played at the new athletic field that would later become Riddick Stadium. The game ends for A & M College with a 20-0 victory over Randolph-Macon College, securing the Southern Intercollegiate Association championship for A & M, with six wins and one tie.
The A&M baseball team wins the South Atlantic Conference championship, with a record of 18-1.
1910 - 1919
During the 1910s the basketball team at NC State became known as the Red Terrors. A bull terrier named Togo became the mascot.
First basketball game
The A&M College basketball team play their first official game at Wake Forest, losing 33-6. The team eventually became known at the Red Terrors, until 1947, when all NC State sports teams adopted the name Wolfpack.
First basketball game in Raleigh
The A&M College basketball team takes on Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh, winning 19-18.
First All-American athlete
Football player John Ripple becomes the first All-American athlete at State College.
The monogram showing the letter "S" in block style with the letters "N" and "C" nestled within the spaces first appears in the Agromeck.
The Athletics Council makes a decision to award sweaters to athletes who receive monograms ("letters") for their athletic accomplishments; the first letter sweaters appear on campus shortly thereafter.
The nickname "Wolfpack" was first used for the football team. One story has an alumnus writing to the Technician complaining that the football team was "unruly as a pack of wolves."
Tennis is organized as a varsity sport
Cross Country champions
The State College cross country team wins the Cross Country-All State Championship.
New varsity teams
The track and cross-country teams are granted varsity status.
Frank Thompson Gymnasium named
The new gymnasium on campus is named after Frank Thompson (Class of 1910), a former athlete at State College who was killed during service in WWI.
Thompson Gymnasium (now Thompson Hall) opens
Thompson Gymnasium opens, becoming the first on-campus home dedicated to basketball. Previously, home basketball games had been played in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. It was built by architect Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson.
Music Department established
Wrestling becomes a varsity sport
Academic regulations for athletes
The Athletics Committee decides students must maintain a passing grade in 60% of their classes to play in collegiate athletic events.
First basketball conference champions
With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claim their first Southern Conference championship.
First athletics radio broadcasts
Raleigh-area radio station WPTF begins broadcasting State College baseball games.
First golf team is organized
First basketball All-American
Morris Johnson becomes the first State College basketball player to receive All-American honors.
First evening football game
The first evening football game is played on campus, a 37-0 victory over High Point.
Boxing team's first championship
Charlie Garner earned the State College boxing team an individual win in the 145-pound class at the Southern Conference championships. This marked the first championship victory for the team.
Riddick Field Concrete Stands
State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for Wallace Carl Riddick.
New electronic scoreboard in Riddick Stadium
A new electric scoreboard and time clock are used at Riddick Stadium for the first time during a game against the University of Georgia. The scoreboard and clock were a donation from the News & Observer.
Free Homecoming tickets
The Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce distributes free tickets to State's Homecoming football game against Furman by releasing balloons with instructions for the finders on how to claim their free tickets.
Wrestling team championship
The wrestling team wins the Southern Conference championship and finishes second to Appalachian State at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) meet in Greensboro.
New fight song
Fred Waring, prominent national band leader, agrees to write a new fight song for NC State, and to air it during his March 8, 1940 radio program.
NC State beats UNC in football for the first time in 14 seasons
Willis Casey hired
Willis Casey is hired as the swimming coach, and the team goes on to win or share sixteen Southern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships over the next thirty years.
Students vote to keep Wolfpack name
Chancellor J. W. Harrelson asked students to suggest a new name for the sports teams. He disliked the term Wolfpack because of connotations with World War II German U-boat formations. Student voted overwhelmingly, however, to keep the name.
Mechanical Wolfpack mascot
Mechanical engineering student Ira Helms, Jr., created a robot-like Wolfpack mascot costume worn to football games during the 1946 season. One student wore the costume, while another walked behind with a "remote control" that appears to control the "robot's" movements.
Everett Case hired
Everett Case is hired as head Men's Basketball coach; with duties beginning on July 1st, 1946. Case coached at NC State until 1965, and remains the winningest basketball coach in the school's history.
Record-setting baseball crowd
State College wins its first Big Four baseball title since 1928 with a 4-3 victory over Duke; the game is witnessed by 4,000 fans, which is the largest crowd to ever view a baseball game in Raleigh.
Football victory over Duke
NC State beats Duke in football for the first time since 1932, with a final score of 13-6; the wife of right end and co-captain Al Phillips gives birth to a baby boy only hours after the contest.
Marching band returns
A football game against Duke marks the first post-war appearance of the marching band.
Trip to Wake Forest football game
State College secures a "victory train" to take 6,000 students to go to the football game against Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem); train tickets are $0.65 and tickets to the game are $1.00.
First bowl game bid
NC State receives its first-ever bid to a football bowl game (the Gator Bowl), where the team will take on the University of Oklahoma.
First basketball appearance in a national tournament
The basketball team place third in their first appearance in a national tournament, the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
Wolfpack name becomes official
All NC State athletics teams adopt Wolfpack as the official name. Previously only the football team was called the Wolfpack, and other sports teams were called the Red Terrors.
First football bowl game appearance
The NC State football team make their first bowl game appearance, taking on the University of Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl. NC State unfortunately loses the game, 43-13.
Live wolf mascot
Students brought a live timber wolf to football games to roam the sidelines. UPI called the animal a "sniping and snarling bundle of fur." It was eventually sold to a traveling animal show.
Forced basketball forfeiture
NC State is forced by the Raleigh fire chief to forfeit a basketball game against UNC because Thompson Gymnasium is too crowded and students refuse to leave the building.
New intramurals announced
Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.
Pep rally plans
A pyrotechnic display consisting of sparklers spelling out "Beat Wake Forest" is planned for the day's pep rally.
Thompson Gymnasium condemned
The Raleigh city building inspector condemns Thompson Gymnasium just hours before a Men’s Basketball game against Duke. Only a few reporters and college officials are allowed to attend the next home game, against High Point College. From then until the completion of Reynolds Coliseum in 1949, home games are played in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.
First Swimming national championship
Bill Despres captures first place in the National Junior 300 yd. Individual Medley Championship of America, becoming the first swimmer from NC State to capture a national championship. Depres' winning time was 3:41:08, just 4.7 seconds slower than the national record.
Soccer becomes a varsity sport
Organized unofficially two years earlier, soccer becomes a varsity sport.
Reynolds Coliseum construction
Reynolds Coliseum under construction.
Inaugural Dixie Classic
The inaugural Dixie Classic tournament is held. Initiated by Coach Everett N. Case so that the Men’s Basketball team wouldn’t have to play out of town during the winter holidays, the Dixie Classic continued every year into the 1960s.
Reynolds Coliseum opens
Reynolds Coliseum opens, with the NC State Men's Basketball team beating Washington and Lee, 67-47. Not all of the seats had been installed yet, so some fans had to sit on the cement tiers.
1950 - 1959
Cheerleaders in wolf costume
During the 1950s, cheerleaders began to dress in a wolf costume at sports events.
First televised football game
A State College football game is televised for the first time; the team takes on the University of Maryland in the contest.
Track team championship
The track team win their first Southern Conference championship (and repeat the following year, in 1952). They would also go on to win titles in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953 and 1954.
Fencing team granted varsity status
Honors for swimmer Bob Mattson
Swimmer Bob Mattson wins the first of four consecutive All-American honors; in 1955 he also becomes State's first NCAA champion, winning the 200-yard breaststroke.
Cross Country championship
State College celebrates a second consecutive Cross Country Southern Conference championship (the first in 1951), as well as a Dual Meet championship. Runner Buz Sawyer takes first place in the meet, after finishing ninth overall in the nation during a meet the previous week.
Atlantic Coast Conference formed
NC State athletics teams withdraw from the Southern Conference and join the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.
Cross Country team ACC champions
The State College Cross Country team became champions during the first year of the ACC. The team also won the ACC championship the following year in 1954.
World Series of Basketball
A game in the 4th annual World Series of Basketball, featuring the 1953 All-Americans versus the Harlem Globetrotters, is played in Reynolds Coliseum.
Swimmer Dick Fadgen
Swimmer Dick Fadgen wins the first of seven NCAA and AAU individual championship swimming events between 1954 and 1956.
The swimming team wins the Men's Outdoor National AAU Championship.
The Men's Basketball team wins the Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the inaugural year of competition in the newly-formed conference.
Hurricane Hazel destroys the cupola on Becton Hall and the roof of the press box at Riddick Stadium.
The swimmimg team wins the Men's Indoor National AAU Championship.
First ACC football title
The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Rifle team gains varsity status
Dixie Classic Tournament win
The basketball team wins the Dixie Classic Tournament against several powerhouse teams, including four teams ranked in the Associated Press' top ten.
First integrated athletic team
African-American student Irwin Holmes joins the tennis team, making it the first integrated athletic team at State College.
The NC State Men's Basketball team tops UNC to win the ACC championship, 80-56. The victory marks Coach Everett Case's eleventh championship win in his thirteen years of coaching.
First African-American athletics team captain
Irwin Holmes became co-captain of the tennis team, making him the first African American athletics team captain at NC State.
Roman Gabriel honored
Football team quarterback Roman Gabriel is selected as a second-team All-American.
First soccer All-American
Benito Artinano becomes the first NC State All-American in soccer.
Football game broadcast in Reynolds Coliseum
For the first time ever, an NC State football game is shown in Reynolds Coliseum via closed-circuit television.
Everett Case resigns
Due to declining health, Men's Basketball coach Everett Case resigns. Case compiled a 379-134 record at NC State.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Carter Stadium
A groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of Carter Stadium (later Carter-Finley). It was named for Nick and Harry Carter.
Final game at Riddick Stadium
The final football game is played in Riddick Stadium. Members of the football team mob Harold Deters after he kicks the winning field goal against Florida State, resulting in a final score of 3-0.
Doak Field opens
Doak Field opens as the new facility for the baseball team.
Everett Case's funeral
A funeral is held for long-time Men's Basketball coach Everett Case; his last recruiting class of players serve as pallbearers.
Norm Sloan hired
Norman Sloan is hired as the new head basketball coach at NC State. Sloan, who was a player on Everett Case's first basketball team at State (1946-1947), leaves the head coach position at the University of Florida to accept a 3-year contract at State that pays $12,000 annually.
First game in Carter Stadium
Carter Stadium opens as the football team takes on South Carolina; the stadium is dedicated during a halftime ceremony.
Live wolf mascot
Student government sold 25-cent shares to purchase a timber wolf, which was shown during the first game played at what became Carter-Finley Stadium. The animal howled, making it popular, but it was later discovered to be a coyote.
First football bowl game victory
The football team win their first bowl game, a 14-7 victory over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. During the season, the team became known for its "White Shoes Defense," holding opponents to less than nine points per game.
First African-American football player
Marcus Martin becomes the first African-American player to join the football team.
1967 - 1968
First African-American Freshman Basketball players
Alfred "Al" Heartley and William Cooper become the first African-American members of the freshman basketball team. Heartley later went on to play on the varsity team.
The 1967 Freshman Football team finishes the season with a perfect 5-0 record.
The baseball team wins the ACC title and places third in the College World Series.
First basketball scholarship awarded to an African-American
Al Heartley becomes the first African-American to be awarded a basketball scholarship at NC State. He later became the first African-American captain of the team (1970-1971), and the first African-American to win the Alumni Athletics trophy (1971).
First African-American recruited for basketball
Ed Leftwich becomes the first African-American to be recruited to the basketball team, and the first to receive a scholarship as a freshman.
Liberty Bowl victory
NC State defeats the University of Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, 14-7.
Riddick Stadium demolished
A majority of Riddick Stadium is demolished to make room for more parking on campus. SAS Hall now stands on the site Riddick Stadium once occupied.
First African-American football scholarship recipient
Clyde Chesney becomes the first African-American to receive a football scholarship.
Willis Casey becomes Athletic Director
Willis Casey is promoted from Assistant Athletic Director to Athletic Director.
First African-American recipients of full football scholarships
Willie Burden and Charley Young become the first African-Americans to receive football scholarships as incoming freshmen.
Tommy Burleson comes to State
7'3" high school All-American basketball player Tommy Burleson announces his decision to accept a scholarship offer to play for NC State. Burleson would go on to be a key member of NC State's 1974 National Championship team.
ACC Swimming championship
NC State wins the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming championship with the largest number of points ever scored, breaking seven swimming records in the process.
Mile run record
Jim Wilkins of NC State sets a new time record of 4:01 in the individual mile run in Gainesville, Florida.
Lou Holtz hired
Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.
Case Athletics Center opens
The Case Athletics Center opens, named after Everett N. Case, Men's Basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.
First African-American All-American winner
David Thompson is named NC State's first African-American All-American winner in basketball.
Successful football season
The NC State Football team’s record during the 1972 season was 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, and a victory in the Peach Bowl.
New mile run record
NC State student Jim Wilkins sets another record in the individual mile run in a meet against Wake Forest, breaking his own previous record from the year before.
New football record
NC State quarterback Bruce Shaw passes for 294 yards against Wake Forest, breaking the team's previous record for single-game passing yardage.
Peach Bowl victory
The NC State Football team beats West Virginia in the Peach Bowl, 49-13.
Swimmer Mark Elliott wins multiple gold medals at the World University Games.
Basketball club organized for women
Kathy Bounds, Deb Webb, and Genie Jordan organize a basketball club for women.
NC State defeats Maryland, 76-74, in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament to win the conference championship. 7'4" junior center Tommy Burleson is named the ACC Tournament MVP. The wins caps an undefeated season for the Wolfpack at 27-0.
Alcohol is banned from Reynolds Coliseum.
First Women's Basketball team
A Women's Basketball team is established for the first time. The team included two African American women, Gwen Jenkins and Cynthia Steele.
Pool equipment malfunction
Swimmers warming up for the State vs. South Carolina swim meet jumped screaming from the pool as electric timers in the pool malfunctioned, shocking the swimmers.
Victory over UCLA
En route to topping Marquette for NC State's first NCAA Men's Basketball championship, State beats UCLA 80-77, sparking a huge riot on Hillsborough Street.
NCAA Men's Basketball championship
NC State defeats Marquette, 76-64, in the finals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC, to win the 1974 National Championship. Junior forward David Thompson is named the Tournament MVP. The Wolfpack also receive key contributions from Tom Burleson, Monte Towe, Tim Stoddard, and Mo Rivers during the championship run.
New varsity sports
Men's Gymnastics and Women's Softball and Volleyball begin varsity play.
College Football Hall of Fame
Jack McDowall ('28) was the first NC State student athlete inducted (posthumously) into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Female wolf mascot
After the introduction of women's athletics, costumes are created for a female version of the wolf mascot.
Swimmers win medals in Summer Olympics
Swimmers Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan win medals for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.
First female All-American
Susan Yow becomes the first NC State female to be named an All-American athlete.
Women's Basketball game televised
The Wolfpack won the first women's basketball game televised in North Carolina. The team beat UNC-Chapel Hill 68-58.
First African-American football All-American
Ted Brown becomes the first African-American named an All-American in football.
First ACC Women's Basketball tournament
The NC State Women's Basketball team participates in the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball tournament as the top seed. NC State lost in the championship game to Maryland.
Paul H. Derr Track
The University Track is renamed the Paul H. Derr Track, for the long-time track and field coach.
Women's Cross Country championships
The Women's Cross Country team wins the first of back-to-back national championships (1979 and 1980).
First Football ACC championship
Broderick Cup recipient
Women's Cross Country runner Julie Shea is awarded the Broderick Cup by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), as the most outstanding athlete of the year.
ACC Athlete of the Year
Julie Shea wins the first of two consecutive ACC Athlete of the Year awards, and becomes the first woman to receive the Alumni Athletics trophy at NC State.
First female Athlete of the Year in the ACC
Julie Shea Sutton of the Wolfpack's track and cross-country teams became the first female athlete to be named ACC Athlete of the Year.
Pep rally arrival by helicopter
First-year head football coach Monte Kiffin arrives at the first pep rally of the season in a helicopter.
Jim Valvano's debut
NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.
Women's Gymnastics becomes a varsity sport
Wolf mascots named Mr. and Mrs. Wuf
The male mascot was named Mr. Wuf. One story has it that a student wearing the costume tried to have "Mr. Wolf" sewn on the jersey, but because there wasn't enough room it was shortened to "Mr. Wuf." Soon after the female version of the mascot was named "Mrs. Wuf."
Wolf mascots get married
Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf were married in a mock wedding ceremony by the Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot during halftime of a Men's Basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum. The two were joined in "canis matrimonium," and Chancellor Joab Thomas gave the bride away.
Weisiger-Brown Athletics Facility opens
Women's Golf becomes a varsity sport
Men's Basketball wins ACC championship
The Men's Basketball team wins the 1983 ACC Championship.
Men's Basketball wins NCAA championship
Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the Men’s Basketball team wins the 1983 NCAA championship.
NBA draft selections
All three seniors from NC State's 1983 national championship Men's Basketball team are selected in the NBA draft. Thurl Bailey is chosen 7th overall by the Utah Jazz, Sidney Lowe is chosen by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round, and Dereck Whittenburg is picked in the third round by the Phoenix Suns.
The Men's 4x100 Meter relay team win the NCAA championship.
Kay Yow is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame
NC State University celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding
Women's Soccer Win
The NCSU women’s soccer team defeated Erskine College 5-0.
Kay Yow coaches in the Olympics
Kay Yow, Women's Basketball coach, coaches the winning Women's Basketball team in the 1988 Olympics.
Nora Lynn Finch inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame
Nora Lynn Finch, associate athletics director, is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
The Men's Soccer team wins their first ACC championship. Henry Gutierrez scored the game-winning goal.
NBA draft selection
NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta is selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, located next to Carter-Finley Stadium, which will be the home of NC State Men's Basketball and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
Final Four appearance
The Women's Basketball team reaches the Final Four in the NCAA tournament.
First game at the RBC Center
The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the RBC Center.
Women's Golf is reinstated as a varsity sport
Women's Golf is reinstated as a varsity sport. A team was previously fielded from 1980 to 1986.
After an overtime football victory over Georgia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State students tear down a goalpost and carry it down Hillsborough Street towards campus, making it as far the Waffle House; the goalpost costs $5,000 to replace.
Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary
134 NC State athletes are named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Teams in twenty-one sports.
Track and Field national championship
NC State Track and Field athlete Kristin Price won the individual NCAA championship in the 10,000-meter event. She was a twelve-time All-American in track and cross country.
Kay Yow honored
NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, MA.
Wendell H. Murphy Football Center opens
J.W. Isenhour tennis facility opens
Swimming gold medal
Swimmer Cullen Jones wins a gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the World University Games.
2006 - 3/2011
First African American head basketball coach
Sidney Lowe served as the first African American head coach of the NCSU men’s basketball team. Lowe was the starting point guard for NC State’s 1983 basketball team, which won the national championship. From 1991 to 1993, Lowe served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lowe later served as the head coach of the Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. In March 2011, Sidney Lowe resigned from his head coach position at NC State. In a statement to the Technician Lowe declared, "This is my school. I love this school. I poured my sweat for our years here and gave it my best. It was my hope and dream to come back here and do something special again."
Kay Yow celebrates 700th Win
NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow celebrated her 700th win. The Wolfpack beat Florida State, 68-51. Yow eventually racked up 737 wins, making her the fifth winningest active NCAA Division I basketball coach.
A Tamaskan dog named Tuffy became the new live mascot. This breed of dog resembles the wolf-like Siberian husky.