The very earliest sports teams at NC State wore pink and blue, colors chosen by the literary societies.
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.
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.
First official baseball game is played, with Guilford College as the opponent.
The Athletic Association approved brown and white as colors for the sports teams. Use of these colors was very short-lived.
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.
The first track team is organized for intercollegiate competition but is disbanded after the season. Track does not reappear at A&M until 1905.
O.M. Gardner becames team captain of the A & M football team. He later became governor of North Carolina.
The first Easter Monday baseball game was played, a tradition that would last until 1947. That first game was against Wake Forest.
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 College baseball team claim their first state championship, with a 14-7 record.
During the 1910s the basketball team at NC State became known as the Red Terrors. A bull terrier named Togo became the mascot.
The A&M baseball team wins the South Atlantic Conference championship, with a record of 18-1.
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.
The A&M College basketball team takes on Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh, winning 19-18.
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.
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."
NC State became a charter member of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference for athletics. This organization later changed its name to the Southern Conference.
The State College cross country team wins the Cross Country-All State Championship.
The track and cross-country teams are granted varsity status.
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.
Class of 1923 alumni Alvin M. Fountain and Bonnie Frank Norris composed the Alma Mater song.
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.
The Athletics Committee decides students must maintain a passing grade in 60% of their classes to play in collegiate athletic events.
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
With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claim their first Southern Conference championship.
Raleigh-area radio station WPTF begins broadcasting State College baseball games.
The first evening football game is played on campus, a 37-0 victory over High Point.
Morris Johnson becomes the first State College basketball player to receive All-American honors.
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.
Basketball player Arthur "Bud" Rose received an All-American honorable mention for the 1931-1932 season.
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.
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.
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.
The wrestling team wins the Southern Conference championship and finishes second to Appalachian State at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) meet in Greensboro.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A football game against Duke marks the first appearance of the marching band following the conclusion of World War II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The basketball team place third in their first appearance in a national tournament, the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
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.
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.
Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.
A pyrotechnic display consisting of sparklers spelling out "Beat Wake Forest" is planned for the day's pep rally.
The Raleigh city building inspector condemns Thompson Gymnasium just hours before a Mens 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 Raleighs Memorial Auditorium.
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.
Organized unofficially two years earlier, soccer becomes a varsity sport.
The inaugural Dixie Classic tournament is held. Initiated by Coach Everett N. Case so that the Mens Basketball team wouldnt have to play out of town during the winter holidays, the Dixie Classic continued every year into the 1960s.
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.
During the 1950s, cheerleaders began to dress in a wolf costume at sports events.
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
A State College football game is televised for the first time; the team takes on the University of Maryland in the contest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NC State athletics teams withdraw from the Southern Conference and join the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.
A game in the 4th annual World Series of Basketball, featuring the 1953 All-Americans versus the Harlem Globetrotters, is played in Reynolds Coliseum.
The swimming team wins the Men's Outdoor National AAU Championship.
Swimmer Dick Fadgen wins the first of seven NCAA and AAU individual championship swimming events between 1954 and 1956.
The ACC named Case Coach of the Year in 1954. The organization awarded him again with this honor in 1955 and 1958.
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.
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.
The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.
The basketball team wins the Dixie Classic Tournament against several powerhouse teams, including four teams ranked in the Associated Press' top ten.
African-American student Irwin Holmes joins the tennis team, making it the first integrated athletic team at State College.
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.
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.
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.
Irwin Holmes became co-captain of the tennis team, making him the first African American athletics team captain at NC State.
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
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.
Benito Artinano becomes the first NC State All-American in soccer.
For the first time ever, an NC State football game is shown in Reynolds Coliseum via closed-circuit television.
Due to declining health, Men's Basketball coach Everett Case resigns. Case compiled a 379-134 record at NC State.
A groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of Carter Stadium (later Carter-Finley). It was named for Nick and Harry Carter.
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 as the new facility for the baseball team.
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.
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.
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.
Carter Stadium, as it was originally known, opened as the football team took on South Carolina; the stadium was dedicated during a halftime ceremony.
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.
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.
Marcus Martin becomes the first African American player to join the football team.
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.
The 1967 Freshman Football team finishes the season with a perfect 5-0 record.
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.
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).
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.
The baseball team wins the ACC title and places third in the College World Series.
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
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.
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.
Leftwich was recruited to the basketball team. He was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.
Clyde Chesney becomes the first African American to receive a football scholarship.
Willis Casey is promoted from Assistant Athletic Director to Athletic Director.
Willie Burden and Charley Young become the first African Americans to receive football scholarships as incoming freshmen.
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.
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
NC State wins the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming championship with the largest number of points ever scored, breaking seven swimming records in the process.
Jim Wilkins of NC State sets a new time record of 4:01 in the individual mile run in Gainesville, Florida.
Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.
The NC State Football teams record during the 1972 season was 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, and a victory in the Peach Bowl.
The Case Athletics Center opens, named after Everett N. Case, Men's Basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.
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.
NC State quarterback Bruce Shaw passes for 294 yards against Wake Forest, breaking the team's previous record for single-game passing yardage.
The NC State Football team beats West Virginia in the Peach Bowl, 49-13.
Kathy Bounds, Deb Webb, and Genie Jordan organize a basketball club for women.
Swimmer Mark Elliott wins multiple gold medals at the World University Games.
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.
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.
A Women's Basketball team is established for the first time. The team included two African American women, Gwen Jenkins and Cynthia Steele.
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.
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.
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.
Jack McDowall ('28) was the first NC State student athlete inducted (posthumously) into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After the introduction of women's athletics, costumes are created for a female version of the wolf mascot.
Men's Gymnastics and Women's Softball and Volleyball begin varsity play.
Swimmers Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan win medals for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Susan Yow becomes the first NC State female to be named an All-American athlete.
The Wolfpack won the first women's basketball game televised in North Carolina. The team beat UNC-Chapel Hill 68-58.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University Track is renamed the Paul H. Derr Track, for the long-time track and field coach.
The Women's Cross Country team wins the first of back-to-back national championships (1979 and 1980).
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.
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.
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.
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-year head football coach Monte Kiffin arrives at the first pep rally of the season in a helicopter.
NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Men's Basketball team wins the 1983 ACC Championship.
Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the Mens Basketball team wins the 1983 NCAA championship.
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.
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
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.
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
The NCSU women's soccer team defeated Erskine College 5-0.
Kay Yow, Women's Basketball coach, coaches the winning Women's Basketball team in the 1988 Olympics.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta is selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Women's Basketball team reaches the Final Four in the NCAA tournament.
The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center).
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.
134 NC State athletes are named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Teams in twenty-one sports.
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.
NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, MA.
Wendell Murphy, an alumnus, is a philanthropist and member of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Lifetime Giving Society.
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.
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.
Swimmer Cullen Jones wins a gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the World University Games.
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
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.
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.
A Tamaskan dog named Tuffy became the new live mascot. This breed of dog resembles the wolf-like Siberian husky.