Mar 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Kellie Harper is out as the coach of the North Carolina State University women's basketball team, the university announced Tuesday.
“We thank Kellie for her service to our women’s basketball program,” said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow. “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Harper finished with a 70-64 record (23-39 in the ACC) in four seasons in Raleigh. Her teams made the NCAA tournament just once, in her first season. They ended the 2012-13 season 17-17 (7-11) Sunday with a loss to James Madison in the second round of the Postseason Women's NIT.
Assistant coach Ken Griffin will lead the team while the university conducts a national coaching search.
Kay Yow had a wonderful run with great players many, many, many years ago. She lost her groove and thus a failing program happened... but no one noticed and she remained at NC State as an in effective coach because of WHO she was. Maybe out of loyality or because why fire a older women with not many years left???? Harper is a wonderful young coach who is coaching the last of KAY YOWS recruits. She is a Pat Summitt prodigy... firing her was not a smart thing to do. The issue really isn't Kay Yow or Harpers lack of abilities, but what NC State has to offer accdemically... they don't offer what most college do curriculum wise... while they offer great programs.... who wants to settle on a program just to come to NC State and play basketball or any other sport. SO unless you are going to State for their wonderful Engenieering program, Agricultural, Textile, or Vet program it's really not the school a young athlete would pick when making their decisions for college. I am not an NC State hater , I just see NC State as a school for a "specific" education direction. Most people enter college with an undecided direction and if none of those are of interest then they are looking to those colleges where they have more options academically. Harper will take the next program she has to the top with a school who will support her stye and not look for a quick fix to years of ruin. GO K Jolly Harper!!!!- Posted by sun4mejc1