Athletics

Athletics

1890s

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.

1892 First football game

The first official football game was played against Raleigh Academy, a local prep school. "A&M," which is what NC State was called at the time, won 12-6.

1894 First baseball game

First official baseball game is played, with Guilford College as the opponent.

9/1895 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.

11/1895 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.

1898 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.

1900s

1902 O.M. Gardner team captain

O.M. Gardner becames team captain of the A & M football team. He later became governor of North Carolina.

1902 Easter Monday tradition

The first Easter Monday baseball game was played, a tradition that would last until 1947. That first game was against Wake Forest.

1907 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.

1907 First baseball state championship

The A & M College baseball team claim their first state championship, with a 14-7 record.

1910s

1910 Basketball Team formed

Basketball, sponsored by the campus YMCA, began in the fall of 1910.

1910 Baseball championship

The A&M baseball team wins the South Atlantic Conference championship, with a record of 18-1.

2/8/1911 First basketball game

The A&M College basketball team play their first official game at Wake Forest, losing 33-6.

2/20/1911 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.

April 1911 Dave Robertson sets strikeout record

Dave Robertson played on the football, basketball, and track teams; however he was best known for baseball. He set the school record in April 1911, striking out 23 batters in one game. The record was not broken until 2009. He went on to play nine seasons in the National Baseball League, from 1912 to 1922.

1918 First All-American athlete

Football player John Ripple becomes the first All-American athlete at State College.

A & M College football player John H. RippleA & M College football player John H. Ripple
1918 New Monogram

The monogram showing the letter "S" in block style with the letters "N" and "C" nestled within the spaces first appears in the Agromeck.

Monogram Club, 1933-1934Monogram Club, 1933-1934

1920s

5/14/1920 Athletic letter sweaters

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.

1921 Southern Conference

NC State became a charter member of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference for athletics. This organization later changed its name to the Southern Conference.

1921 Wolfpack nickname

The nickname "Wolfpack" was first used for an NC State athletic team. An alumnus wrote a letter published in the Feb. 1921 Alumni News suggesting the name "Wolf Pack" for NC State's football team. (Another legend indicates an unidentified newspaper published a letter in which someone complained that the football team was "unruly as a pack of wolves," but that story had not been substantiated.)

1922 Tennis is organized as a varsity sport
Tennis Club group portrait, 1920sTennis Club group portrait, 1920s
12/15/1922 Cross Country champions

The State College cross country team wins the Cross Country-All State Championship.

1923 New varsity teams

The track and cross-country teams are granted varsity status.

5/11/1923 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, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the backgroundThompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the background
1925 Wrestling becomes a varsity sport
1925 Alma Mater Composed

Class of 1923 alumni Alvin M. Fountain and Bonnie Frank Norris composed the Alma Mater song.

1925 Red Terrors

By 1925, the basketball team was known as the "Red Terrors."

6/8/1925 Thompson Gymnasium Dedicated

Thompson Hall was dedicated as Thompson Gymnasium on this date. It was the first on-campus home dedicated to basketball. Previously, home basketball games had been played in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The building was designed by architect Hobart Upjohn and named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson. The NC State basketball team played there until Reynolds Coliseum opened in 1949.

Thompson Gym, side viewThompson Gym, side view
2/5/1927 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.

North Carolina State College football team posing behind Thompson Gymnasium.North Carolina State College football team posing behind Thompson Gymnasium.
1928 Jack McDowall, Top Athlete

McDowall played on the football, men's basketball, baseball, and track & field teams, earning 11 varsity letters in the four sports. In 1927 and 1928 he won the Norris Athletic Trophy as NC State's top athlete. He holds the school record for the longest punt return, 95 yards. He is considered NC State's top athlete of the first half-century of the college's athletics program. He was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965, the ... More

1929 First basketball conference champions

With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claim their first Southern Conference championship.

1929 First athletics radio broadcasts

Raleigh-area radio station WPTF begins broadcasting State College baseball games.

1930s

1930 First evening football game

The first evening football game is played on campus, a 37-0 victory over High Point.

1930 First golf team is organized
1930 First basketball All-American

Morris Johnson becomes the first State College basketball player to receive All-American honors.

1932 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.

Boxing team, 1932Boxing team, 1932
1932 Arthur "Bud" Rose, first All-American selection

Basketball player Arthur "Bud" Rose received an All-American honorable mention for the 1931-1932 season.

10/14/1933 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 college president Wallace Carl Riddick.

Riddick Stadium, aerial viewRiddick Stadium, aerial view
10/19/1935 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.

10/20/1938 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.

1939 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.

1940s

2/9/1940 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.

11/7/1941 NC State beats UNC in football for the first time in 14 seasons
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1946 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.

1946 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.

1946 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.

Willis R. CaseyWillis R. Casey
4/26/1946 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.

Coach Everett CaseCoach Everett Case
5/25/1946 Big Four baseball title

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.

9/28/1946 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.

Aerial view of Riddick Stadium during North Carolina State College football game against Duke, September 28, 1946Aerial view of Riddick Stadium during North Carolina State College football game against Duke, September 28, 1946
9/28/1946 Marching band returns

A football game against Duke marks the first appearance of the marching band following the conclusion of World War II.

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10/18/1946 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.

12/6/1946 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.

North Carolina State College's 1946 Gator Bowl team.North Carolina State College's 1946 Gator Bowl team.
1947 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.

1947 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 and a variety of other names.

1947 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).

N.C. State and DePaul University vie in the National Invitational Tournament. DePaul won 75-64.N.C. State and DePaul University vie in the National Invitational Tournament. DePaul won 75-64.
1/1/1947 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.

2/25/1947 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.

10/13/1947 New intramurals announced

Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.

Boxing match, 1937Boxing match, 1937
11/14/1947 Pep rally plans

A pyrotechnic display consisting of sparklers spelling out "Beat Wake Forest" is planned for the day's pep rally.

1/17/1948 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.

Men outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concernsMen outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concerns
4/10/1948 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.

1949 Soccer becomes a varsity sport

Organized unofficially two years earlier, soccer becomes a varsity sport.

12/1949 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.

NC State College player Warren Cartier in game against Georgia Tech in Dixie Classic basketball tournament game at Reynolds ColiseumNC State College player Warren Cartier in game against Georgia Tech in Dixie Classic basketball tournament game at Reynolds Coliseum
12/2/1949 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.

First game in Reynolds ColiseumFirst game in Reynolds Coliseum

1950s

1950-1959 Cheerleaders in wolf costume

During the 1950s, cheerleaders began to dress in a wolf costume at sports events.

1950 Dick Dickey Leading Scorer

Richard "Dick" Dickey became the first NC State men's basketball player to score 1000 career points (his all time score was 1644). He was one of 3 three-time players in program history, and he is the only four-time all-conference player in NC State history. He was the MVP in the 1949 inaugural Dixie Classic. He was a member of NC State's first Final Four team in 1950 (the team placed 3rd in the NCAA that year), and he played in 4 consecutive ... More

North Carolina State College all-American basketball player Dick Dickey.North Carolina State College all-American basketball player Dick Dickey.
10/21/1950 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.

1951 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.

Professor Paul H. DerrProfessor Paul H. Derr
1952 Fencing team granted varsity status
1952 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.

Bob MattsonBob Mattson
1952 First All-American in Baseball

Shortstop Johnny Yvars was named All-American in baseball in 1952 and 1954. He was also All-Southern Conference and All ACC.

12/5/1952 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.

1953 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.

1953 Atlantic Coast Conference formed

NC State athletics teams withdraw from the Southern Conference and join the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.

4/1/1953 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.

1954 Swimming championship

The swimming team wins the Men's Outdoor National AAU Championship.

1954 Swimmer Dick Fadgen

Swimmer Dick Fadgen wins the first of seven NCAA and AAU individual championship swimming events between 1954 and 1956.

1954 Everett Case first named ACC Coach of the Year

The ACC named Case Coach of the Year in 1954. The organization awarded him again with this honor in 1955 and 1958.

Portrait of North Carolina State University basketball coach Everett Case.Portrait of North Carolina State University basketball coach Everett Case.
3/1954 ACC Basketball championship

The Men's Basketball team wins the Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the inaugural year of competition in the newly-formed conference.

Coach Everett Case and basketball playersCoach Everett Case and basketball players
10/15/1954 Hurricane damage

Hurricane Hazel destroys the cupola on Becton Hall and the roof of the press box at Riddick Stadium.

1956 Swimming championship

The swimmimg team wins the Men's Indoor National AAU Championship.

1956 Ronnie Shavlik All American

Men's basketball player Ronnie Shavlik earned his second All American title for the 1955-1956 season. The first occurred during the previous season. He was the ACC's first All American player, and he led the Wolfpack to three consecutive ACC titles in league's first three seasons. After leaving NC State he played two seasons with the New York Knicks. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Shavlik (#84)Ronnie Shavlik (#84)
1957 First Integrated Athletic Team

African American student Irwin Holmes joins the tennis team, making it the first integrated athletic team at State College.

Irwin Holmes on tennis courtIrwin Holmes on tennis court
11/25/1957 First ACC football title

The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.

1958 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.

N.C. State College basketball team -- 1958 Atlantic Coast Conference and Dixie Classic championsN.C. State College basketball team -- 1958 Atlantic Coast Conference and Dixie Classic champions
1958 Rifle team gains varsity status
1958 Dick Christy ACC Athlete of the Year

Dick Christy was the 1957 ACC Player of the Year for the football team and 1958 ACC Athlete of the Year. His no. 40 jersey was retired after his time at NCSU. In 1958, he was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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1959 Lou Pucillo, Player of the Year

Pucillo was named both ACC Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year in 1959. The same year he was also named AP All American and UPI All American. He was named All ACC in both 1958 and 1959. In 2002 he was honored as an ACC Legend, and in 2014 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Guard Lou Pucillo, N.C. StateGuard Lou Pucillo, N.C. State
3/9/1959 ACC basketball title

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.

1960s

1960 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.

1960 Wendell H. Murphy

Murphy graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He later served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and the NC Senate. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the NC governor. In 1999 he received the Watauga Medal, NC State University's highest honor. He was a Wolfpack Club member for more than 50 years, and he served as president of its board of directors. The Murphy Football Center is named for him, and he made significant ... More

12/1/1960 Roman Gabriel honored

Football team quarterback Roman Gabriel is selected as a second-team All-American. He was selected for his second All-American a yar later. After leaving NC State he joined the NFL, playing 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player of 1969. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Roman GabrielRoman Gabriel
1962 First soccer All-American

Benito Artinano becomes the first NC State All-American in soccer.

Benito Artinano playing soccerBenito Artinano playing soccer
10/12/1963 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.

Reynolds ColiseumReynolds Coliseum
12/7/1964 Everett Case resigns

Due to declining health, Men's Basketball coach Everett Case resigns. Case compiled a 379-134 record at NC State.

12/14/1964 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.

Official groundbreaking of Carter-Finley StadiumOfficial groundbreaking of Carter-Finley Stadium
11/13/1965 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.

Harold Deters is mobbed after kicking winning field goal verses Florida State in final game at Riddick Stadium.Harold Deters is mobbed after kicking winning field goal verses Florida State in final game at Riddick Stadium.
1966 Doak Field opens

Doak Field opens as the new facility for the baseball team.

Doak Baseball Field, overhead viewDoak Baseball Field, overhead view
4/30/1966 Everett Case, A Legendary Career

Men's basketball coach Everett Case passed away on this date. His record at NC State was 378-133, and he led the team in numerous Southern Conference and ACC championships. At his funeral, his last recruiting class of players served as pallbearers. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Coach Everett Case and his playersCoach Everett Case and his players
5/10/1966 Norm Sloan hired

Norman Sloan was 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), went on to become the second winningest coach in NC State men's basketball history, behind Case. His record included the 1974 NCAA championship. In 1980 he left NC State to coach the the University of Florida team. He was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Head Coach Norm SloanHead Coach Norm Sloan
10/8/1966 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.

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10/8/1966 First game in Carter-Finley Stadium

Carter Stadium, as it was originally known, opened as the football team took on South Carolina; the stadium was dedicated during a halftime ceremony.

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1967 Dennis Byrd, All American

As a football defensive player, Byrd became a two-time All American (in 1966 and 1967). He was a member of the "White Shoes" defense that helped the Wolfpack achieve the rank of No. 3 in the 1967 season and win the Liberty Bowl. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

N. C. State football player Dennis Byrd (Tackle)N. C. State football player Dennis Byrd (Tackle)
4/24/1967 William Cooper

Cooper became the first African American athlete at NC State to receive a grant-in-aid. He began playing on the freshman basketball team in the fall of 1967.

1967 First African American Football Player

Marcus Martin becomes the first African American player to join the football team.

Marcus Martin, North Carolina State defensive back, 1967-1969Marcus Martin, North Carolina State defensive back, 1967-1969
8/17/1967 NCSU football team began stellar 1967 season

The football team’ had 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie in 1967. During the season, the team became known for its "White Shoes Defense," holding opponents to less than nine points per game. The team later went on to win the Liberty Bowl.

North Carolina State University fullback Stan Fritts, fullback Charley Young, running back Roland Hooks, and running back Willie BurdenNorth Carolina State University fullback Stan Fritts, fullback Charley Young, running back Roland Hooks, and running back Willie Burden
10/30/1967 Perfect season

The 1967 Freshman Football team finishes the season with a perfect 5-0 record.

1967 undefeated North Carolina State freshman football team1967 undefeated North Carolina State freshman football team
1967-1968 First African American Freshman Basketball Players

Alfred "Al" Heartley and William Cooper became the first African American members of the freshman basketball team. Heartley later went on to play on the varsity team.

N.C. State freshmen basketball team, 1967N.C. State freshmen basketball team, 1967
1967 Al Heartley

Heartley was one of the first African Americans on the basketball team. In 1969 he became 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).

Guard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketballGuard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketball
1/1/1968 Liberty Bowl victory

The NC State football team defeated the University of Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, 14-7. This was NC State's first bowl game win.

Liberty Bowl trophyLiberty Bowl trophy
1968 Baseball championship

The baseball team wins the ACC title and places third in the College World Series.

N. C. State baseball team celebrates the ACC ChampionshipN. C. State baseball team celebrates the ACC Championship
1968 Amazing Rookie Year for Mike Caldwell

For his role in helping the Wolfpack finish third place in College World Series, baseball pitcher Mike Caldwell was named top freshman for the 1968 CWS team. During his time at NC State, he was named ACC Player of the Year in 1971 and set set conference records for shutouts and most complete games. After leaving the university, he had a major league career with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers, and he was the ... More

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1968 Steve Rerych, Olympic Gold Medalist

Swimmer Steve Rerych won medals at the Mexico City Olympics for the 4 x 100 freestyle and 4 x 200 freestyle. At NC State Rerych had been a three-time All-American and nine-time ACC champion. He is the only person in ACC swimming and diving history to be three-time champion in three different events. Rerych was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve RerychGold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve Rerych
4/19/1968 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.

Famed figures from Riddick Stadium's colorful past at ceremony marking the end of the 50-year-old structureFamed figures from Riddick Stadium's colorful past at ceremony marking the end of the 50-year-old structure
1968 Ed Leftwich

Leftwich was recruited to the basketball team. He was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.

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1969 First African American Football Scholarship Recipient

Clyde Chesney becomes the first African American to receive a football scholarship.

North Carolina State University defensive linemen Clyde Chesney (88) and George Smith (66)North Carolina State University defensive linemen Clyde Chesney (88) and George Smith (66)
4/23/1969 Willis Casey becomes Athletic Director

Willis Casey is promoted from Assistant Athletic Director to Athletic Director.

1970s

1970 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.

4/11/1970 Tommy Burleson comes to State

7'3" high school All-American basketball player Tommy Burleson announced 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. He was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Silver medal Olympian and NC State basketball player Tommy BurlesonSilver medal Olympian and NC State basketball player Tommy Burleson
1970 Earle Edwards, A Legendary Career

Edwards stepped down as head football coach after leading the Wolfpack for 17 seasons, making him the university's longest serving football coach. During his tenure the football team racked up 5 ACC championships and played its first games in Carter-Finley Stadium. In the 1967 season Edwards coached NC State to its first bowl victory (Liberty Bowl) and its highest ever football ranking (No. 2). He was a four-time ACC Coach of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted ... More

Coach Earle Edwards at the SidelinesCoach Earle Edwards at the Sidelines
3/1/1971 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.

Members of the N. C. State 1971 swim teamMembers of the N. C. State 1971 swim team
3/27/1971 Mile run record

Jim Wilkins of NC State sets a new time record of 4:01 in the individual mile run in Gainesville, Florida.

Jim Wilkins, N.C. State milerJim Wilkins, N.C. State miler
11/29/1971 Lou Holtz hired

Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.

N. C. State football coach Lou HoltzN. C. State football coach Lou Holtz
1972 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.

1972 Case Athletics Center opens

The Case Athletics Center opens, named after Everett N. Case, Men's Basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.

Case Athletic CenterCase Athletic Center
4/14/1972 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.

10/14/1972 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.

N. C. State football player Bruce ShawN. C. State football player Bruce Shaw
12/29/1972 Peach Bowl victory

The NC State Football team beats West Virginia in the Peach Bowl, 49-13.

N. C. State at the Peach BowlN. C. State at the Peach Bowl
1973 Basketball club organized for women

Kathy Bounds, Deb Webb, and Genie Jordan organize a basketball club for women.

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1973 Swimming medals

Swimmer Mark Elliott wins multiple gold medals at the World University Games.

Mark ElliotMark Elliot
1973 First African American All-American winner

David Thompson was named NC State's first African American All-American winner in basketball. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

David ThompsonDavid Thompson
3/10/1973 Undefeated regular season for basketball team

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.

12/3/1973 Alcohol ban

Alcohol is banned from Reynolds Coliseum.

1974 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.

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1/28/1974 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.

3/23/1974 On the way to the NCAA championship

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.

Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.
3/25/1974 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.

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1975 College Football Hall of Fame

Jack McDowall ('28) was the first NC State student athlete inducted (posthumously) into the College Football Hall of Fame.

1975 Female wolf mascot

After the introduction of women's athletics, costumes are created for a female version of the wolf mascot.

1975 New varsity sports

Men's Gymnastics and Women's Softball and Volleyball begin varsity play.

Women's softball gameWomen's softball game
1976 Swimmers win medals in Summer Olympics

Swimmers Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan win medals for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, Pan American Games medalists for swimmingSteve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, Pan American Games medalists for swimming
1976 First female All-American

Susan Yow becomes the first NC State female to be named an All-American athlete.

N.C. State's #14 Susan Yow with a jump pass during women's basketball gameN.C. State's #14 Susan Yow with a jump pass during women's basketball game
1/24/1976 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.

1977 Steve Gregg All American

Swimmer Steve Gregg became the first Wolfpack athlete to have All American status for 4 years in a row. He also became the first person to win 4 ACC championships in the same event (200 butterfly), and in 1976 he was NCAA champion also. Gregg was one of the first NC State athletes to win an NCAA title and was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

Silver medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve GreggSilver medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve Gregg
1977 Stan Cockerton ACC Player of the Year

While NC State had a men's lacrosse team for only 10 seasons (1973-82), Stan Cockerton was one of the best. He scored 193 career goals, an NCAA record all the way until 2008. He was named ACC Player of the Year twice (1977 and 1978) and was the only former NC State lacrosse player selected to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

North Carolina State running back Willie Burden (left) with lacrosse players Bob Flintoff (center) and Stan Cockerton (right)North Carolina State running back Willie Burden (left) with lacrosse players Bob Flintoff (center) and Stan Cockerton (right)
1977 Joan Benoit Samuelson Cross Country All-American

Joan Benoit Samuelson was a two-time Cross Country All-American (1977, '78) with the Wolfpack. She was an Olympic gold medalist in women's marathon (1984), two-time winner of Boston Marathon, and 2005 NCAA Silver Anniversary award winner. In 2019 she ran the Boston Marathon again, finishing within 30 minutes of her first finish time in 1979.

1977, 1978 ACC Men's Tennis Singles Champion John Sadri

John Sadri was the ACC Champion in singles men's tennis in 1977 and 1978 as well as in doubles in 1976 and 1978. He was the 1978 NCAA Championship runner-up, losing to Stanford Freshman John McEnroe. He was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.

John Sadri after a tennis matchJohn Sadri after a tennis match
1978 First African American Football All-American

Ted Brown becomes the first African American named an All-American in football. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

N. C. State football player Ted Brown running with footballN. C. State football player Ted Brown running with football
1978 Genia Beasley Named All American

Women's basketball player Genia Beasley was named Kodak All American. She helped the Wolfpack win ACC season and tournament championships in 1978 and 1980, and she was named ACC Tournament MVP in 1980. She played for the USA Select National Team in 1977 and 1978, and she won gold medals at Pan American Games, Senior Pan American Games and World University Games. In 2012 she was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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1978 Trudi Lacey First African American Woman To Receive Scholarship in Women's Basketball

She helped the Wolfpack win the school's first ever ACC women's basketball title in 1979. She became the first player in ACC history to earn four consecutive all-tournament honors. After college, she has been a coach for a number of teams including the Charlotte Sting, the Washington Mystics, Queens College, and Johnson and Wales University.

Trudi Lacey and Ginger Rouse, N.C. State women's basketball team, 1978-1979Trudi Lacey and Ginger Rouse, N.C. State women's basketball team, 1978-1979
2/11/1978 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.

1977-1978 N.C. State University women's basketball portraits1977-1978 N.C. State University women's basketball portraits
1979 First Football ACC championship
1979 Paul H. Derr Track

The University Track is renamed the Paul H. Derr Track, for the long-time track and field coach.

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1979 Women's Cross Country championships

The Women's Cross Country team wins the first of back-to-back national championships (1979 and 1980).

1979 Jim Richter Won Outland Trophy

Football player Jim Richter won the Outland Trophy, which is presented each year to the nation's premier college offensive lineman. That same year he also helped NC State capture the ACC championship. After leaving State he played 16 seasons for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame in 2012.

1980s

1980 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. In 2012 she was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

N. C. State Cross Country runner Julie SheaN. C. State Cross Country runner Julie Shea
1980 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.

North Carolina State University's All-American cross country runners Julie Shea (left) and Mary Shea (right).North Carolina State University's All-American cross country runners Julie Shea (left) and Mary Shea (right).
1980 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.

9/5/1980 Pep rally arrival by helicopter

First-year head football coach Monte Kiffin arrives at the first pep rally of the season in a helicopter.

N. C. State football coach Monte KiffinN. C. State football coach Monte Kiffin
11/29/1980 Jim Valvano's debut

NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.

James "Jim" Valvano of N. C. StateJames "Jim" Valvano of N. C. State
1981 Wolf mascots named Mr. and Ms. 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 "Ms. Wuf."

1981 Women's Gymnastics becomes a varsity sport
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1981 Betty Springs Won NCAA Cross Country Championship

Betty Springs (later Betty Springs Geiger) won the first women's championship in NCAA history at the 1981 NCAA Cross Country Championship meet. Before leaving NC State, she became the only woman to ever win NCAA cross country and U.S. Cross Country Championships in same year. In 2013 she was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

Betty Springs, North Carolina State University all-American cross country runnerBetty Springs, North Carolina State University all-American cross country runner
2/28/1981 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.

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1982 Weisiger-Brown Athletics Facility opens
1983 Women's Golf becomes a varsity sport
1983 Linda Page ACC Tournament MVP

Linda Page is one of only seven women at NCSU to have an honored jersey for the Women's Basketball Team. She is one of four players to score over 2000 points during her career. She was inducted into the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

N.C. State's #43 Linda Page under heavy guard from Appalachian StateN.C. State's #43 Linda Page under heavy guard from Appalachian State
3/1983 Men's Basketball wins ACC championship

The Men's Basketball team wins the 1983 ACC Championship.

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4/1983 Men's Basketball wins NCAA championship

Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the Men’s Basketball team wins the 1983 NCAA championship.

Head Coach James "Jim" Valvano, Quentin Jackson, and men's basketball teamHead Coach James "Jim" Valvano, Quentin Jackson, and men's basketball team
6/28/1983 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.

N.C. State basketball's Derek Whittenburg, Thurl Bailey, and Sidney Lowe celebrate their ACC Championship, 1983 [!DUPLICATE!]N.C. State basketball's Derek Whittenburg, Thurl Bailey, and Sidney Lowe celebrate their ACC Championship, 1983 [!DUPLICATE!]
1985 Relay championship

The Men's 4x100 Meter relay team win the NCAA championship.

1986 Danny Peebles, Most Outstanding Performer

Peebles received this ACC track and field honor two years in a row 1985 and 1986. He was a nine-time track and field All American and nine-time ACC champion. He was one of the winners of the 1985 NCAA championship in the 4x100m relay. He was a member of track and field teams that won ACC Outdoor Championships (1985-1988) and Indoor Championships (1988). The 1988 team had the school's highest track and field finish in history. Peebles was also a member of the ... More

N. C. State and University of Maryland football gameN. C. State and University of Maryland football game
1987 Kay Yow is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame
Head coach Kay Yow on the sidelines during a basketball gameHead coach Kay Yow on the sidelines during a basketball game
1987 Tab Ramos All American

Soccer player Tab Ramos garnered his third All American honor in 1987. He was also the most valuable player on the 1987 Pack team. Ramos was later a three-time member of the US World Cup Team, and he was the US Soccer Federation Athlete of the Year in 1990. He played professionally for the NY/NJ Metro Stars in 1996-2002. He was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame in 2012.

Olympian and NC State soccer player Tab RamosOlympian and NC State soccer player Tab Ramos
1987 Sam Esposito, A Legendary Career

Sam Esposito's career at NC State lasted from 1967 until 1987. He served as head coach of the baseball team (he was also a men's basketball assistant coach until 1978). His career record was 513-253-4, and he was second in career victories at NC State. Under him the team was 1968 ACC regular-season champions and three-time ACC Tournament Champions (1973-1975). In 1968 the team made its only College World Series appearance. Prior to NC State he played 10 ... More

Sam Esposito, coachSam Esposito, coach
9/25/1987 Women's Soccer Win

The NCSU women's soccer team defeated Erskine College 5-0.

Laura Kerrigan (center), State's top scoring threat, battles for control of the ball.Laura Kerrigan (center), State's top scoring threat, battles for control of the ball.
1988 Kay Yow coaches in the Olympics

Kay Yow, Women's Basketball coach, coaches the winning Women's Basketball team in the 1988 Olympics.

Coach Kay Yow and the United States Olympic team show pride during the playing of the National Anthem before an exhibition game in RaleighCoach Kay Yow and the United States Olympic team show pride during the playing of the National Anthem before an exhibition game in Raleigh
1989 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.

Nora Lynn Finch and Kay Yow carrying United States Olympic Festival Torch through North Carolina State University campus, fall 1987Nora Lynn Finch and Kay Yow carrying United States Olympic Festival Torch through North Carolina State University campus, fall 1987

1990s

1990 Soccer championship

The Men's Soccer team wins their first ACC championship. Henry Gutierrez scored the game-winning goal.

1990 Charmaine Hooper, All American

Hooper was named NSCAA All American 2 years in a row (1989, 1990), and she was named All ACC in 1988, 1989, and 1990. She has tied the school record for goals in a single game (4), and she led the ACC in goals and total points in 1988 and 1989. She was a member of the team that was ACC champions in 1988 and the teams that made NCAA Tournament appearances between 1987 and 1990 (including the Final Four in 1988). After leaving NC State, she was a WUSA All-Star for ... More

1990 Henry Gutierrez, ACC Tournament MVP in Men's Soccer

Soccer midfielder and forward Henry Gutierrez was a three-time All American (1988, ‘90, ‘91,), two-time ACC Player of the Year (1990, ‘91), 1990 ACC Tournament MVP, and 1991 NC State MVP. After college, Gutierrez became a member of the U.S. National Team and played Major League Soccer before embarking on a successful coaching career.

1991 Andrea Stinson All American

Andrea Stinson gained her second All American honor, making her the only women's basketball player with that distinction. That year she helped her team become ACC tournament champions. The previous year she had been unanimously named ACC Player of the Year. In 2013 she was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

1991 Rodney Monroe ACC Player of the Year

Basketball guard Rodney Monroe became the second NC State player to score more than 2,000 points and eventually broke David Thompson's ACC and school scoring records with 2,551 career points. He played with the Atlanta Hawks after graduating from NC State.

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1992 Don Easterling retires

Don Easterling became men's swimming coach in 1970. Under his leadership, the team won 15 ACC Championship titles. He also started the women's program from the ground up in 1976, leading the team to back-to-back ACC titles in 1979 and '80. He coached seven future Olympians.

Don EasterlingDon Easterling
1992 Thori Staples, ACC Rookie of the Year in Women's Soccer

Staples is a four-time All-ACC selection for 1992-1995. She played on the ACC All-Tournament team in 1994 and 1995 and was voted North Carolina Female Athlete of the Year for 1994. After college, Thori became a member of the U.S. National Team from 1992-1999. She was a member of the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup team and was considered as the nation’s top defender during her playing career.

6/24/1992 NBA draft selection

NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta is selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.

1992 alumni athletics trophy winner Tom Gugliotta1992 alumni athletics trophy winner Tom Gugliotta
1993 Sylvester Terkay All American

That year wrestler Terkay achieved three-time All American status, and he became the NCAA heavyweight champion. He was also a ACC heavyweight champion four years in a row and ACC heavyweight wrestler of the year three years in a row. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

1993 David Fox, NCAA Champion in Men's 50 Yard Freestyle

While a student-athlete at NCSU, David Fox won seven ACC titles, one NCAA title, and was the recipient of the Alumni Association Athletic Trophy in 1993. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA, he won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 4 X 100-meter relay team. Fox went on to work for Goldman Sachs.

David Fox meeting President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton at the White HouseDavid Fox meeting President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton at the White House
4/28/1993 Jim Valvano, A Legendary Career

Known as "Jimmy V," men's basketball coach Jim Valvano died on this date after battling cancer. His record at NC State was 209-114 and included the 1983 NCAA championship and 2 ACC titles. The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in his honor. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Coach James "Jim" Valvano speaking to crowdCoach James "Jim" Valvano speaking to crowd
1997 Tim Clark Wins Second NCAA Regional Championship in Golf

Tim Clark is one of four players in school history to be named All-American three times and owns the school record at the NCAA Championship for 54-hole (7-under 209) and 72-hole (12-under 276) score. Clark was also a member of five team championships and the 1996 East Regional championship team. He joined the PGA tour after college.

7/22/1997 Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, located next to Carter-Finley Stadium, which was being built as the new home of NC State Men's Basketball and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. This became the RBC Center and, later, the PNC Arena.

1998 Chasity Melvin, All American

Melvin was named Kodak All American and Women's Basketball Journal All American. She was also a Wade Trophy finalist. She was ACC Rookie of the Year in 1995 and All ACC in 1997 and 1998. She is 1 out of 4 NC State women's basketball players with more than 1000 career points and rebounds (total 2042 points and 1020 rebounds). She was a member of the teams making 4 NCAA Tournament appearances between 1995 and 1998 (including Final Four in 1998). She has been ... More

1998 Torry Holt ACC Player of the Year

Torry Holt played as wide receiver with the football team from 1995 to 1998. He holds numerous school records, and his No. 81 jersey was retired in 1999. He joined the Saint Louis Rams and became a 2000 Super Bowl champion.

3/1998 Women's Basketball in Final Four

The Women's Basketball team reaches the Final Four in the NCAA tournament.

1998-1999 N.C. State University women's basketball -- Wolfpack's poster for Final Four games1998-1999 N.C. State University women's basketball -- Wolfpack's poster for Final Four games
11/19/1999 First game at the PNC Arena

The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center).

First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999

2000s

2000 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.

9/21/2000 Victory celebration

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.

2002 Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary

134 NC State athletes are named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Teams in twenty-one sports.

3/2002 Women's basketball in Final Four for second time
6/2/2002 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.

9/27/2002 Kay Yow honored

NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, MA.

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2003 Wendell H. Murphy Football Center opens

Wendell Murphy, an alumnus, is a philanthropist and member of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Lifetime Giving Society.

Murphy Football CenterMurphy Football Center
2004 J.W. Isenhour tennis facility opens
Tennis coach John W. IsenhourTennis coach John W. Isenhour
2004 Philip Rivers ACC Male Athlete of the Year

Football quarterback Philip Rivers was chosen as Male Athlete of the Year. He was rookie of the year in 2000 and a four-time bowl MVP for two Tangerine Bowls, the Gator Bowl, and the Senior Bowl. His jersey was retired in 2003 and he joined the NFL as quarterback of the San Diego Chargers in 2004.

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2004 Mario Williams Freshman All-American in Football

Williams was on the All-ACC, 2004 (1st-team) and 2005 (1st team), 2004 Freshman All-American, 2005 Sports Illustrated 1st team All-American, 2005 Walter Camp 2nd team All-American, and 2005 Team MVP. He was the first ACC player ever selected as the first pick in the NFL draft, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2006.

2006-3/2011 First African American Head Basketball Coach

Sidney Lowe served as the first African American head coach of the NCSU mens basketball team. Lowe was the starting point guard for NC States 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 ... More

2007 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 (at NC State and Elon), making her the fifth winningest NCAA Division I basketball coach.

Kay Yow making wolf symbol with her hands at women's basketball gameKay Yow making wolf symbol with her hands at women's basketball game
2008 Cullen Jones, gold medal

Cullen Jones wins a gold medal in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay in Beijing. He was also swimmer of the year in 2006

1/24/2009 Kay Yow, A Legendary Career

Legendary women's basketball coach Kay Yow passed away after a long battle with cancer. One of the few women to coach more than 1,000 games at one institution, her NC State record was 680-325. Hoops 4 Hope and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was initiated to raise money for cancer research. In 2012 she was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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2010s

2010 Mascot Tuffy

A Tamaskan dog named Tuffy became the new live mascot. This breed of dog resembles the wolf-like Siberian husky.