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NC State's Moore worried about titles, not UNC

Posted April 10, 2013

— In the mind of new North Carolina State head women’s basketball coach Wes Moore, a rivalry game is just another game on the schedule and owning the state isn’t just an ad campaign. His mission is to win titles and do so with local talent.

Joining Mark and Mike on 620 The Buzz Wednesday morning, Moore said that his time at NC State and his background in North Carolina has him familiar with the red-and-blue rivalry. He also said that the Tar Heels are merely another opponent.

“Having been here before, I understand the strong feelings and the passion for beating Carolina,” Moore said. “I get it. We are not going to focus on just one program, although I know that is a big game every year. We are going to concentrate on winning championships and beating whoever we need to to get there.”

Moore served as an assistant at NC State under Kay Yow from 1993-95 and is well versed on the 25 NCAA/AIWA trips the Wolfpack made under her watch. What it’s going to take to get back there, according to Moore, is a strong recruiting class and wins in a growingly difficult ACC. Acquiring those players will come through pitches of tradition and a focus on in-state talents.

“The coaches in this league, and the universities, not only the ones that are in there now but the ones that are coming soon, it’s going to be a brutal schedule,” Moore said. “But that’s what makes life fun is the challenges. We are not going to back down from anybody. We are going to work hard and try and re-establish ourselves in the state of North Carolina first of all. There are a lot of great players here and we are going to try and get our fair share of them.”

At Chattanooga, Moore went to the dance nine times and claimed the Southern Conference regular season crown 12 times in 15 years. He said that while his run there was great, Raleigh provided “too good of an opportunity to pass up.” Why is he so confident? Again, it goes back to tradition and the visions of bringing in the talents.

“I think you want your players, you want recruits, to realize the tradition, the success and the reputation in this program. You have to take pride in that,” Moore said. “Also, if you are a recruit, you ought to be able to look at it and say, ‘you know what, it can be done.’ We can show it. We don’t have a distance of vision, we have it as proof that this program can compete at the highest level.”

NC State went just 23-39 in ACC play under Kellie Harper in four years and their only NCAA tournament appearance was her first year with a roster of primarily Kay Yow’s leftovers. Moore and athletics director Debbie Yow have the bar set higher.

“You know the expectations are very high, you know the challenges are going to be enormous because of the ACC,” Moore said. “I know we are going to have a lot of allies in the state as we try and get this done.”

Debbie Yow has two qualities about her that have stood out to coaches at the university since she arrived: She will give the coach virtually unlimited resources needed to succeed and she has a quick hook if they don’t succeed. Already in the plans for the NC State women’s program is a $40 million renovation to Reynolds Coliseum that will include a walk of fame, new offices and improved air conditioning. That in mind, Moore said his timetable for turning a beleaguered program around is now.

“It’s going to take some time but I’m not a very patient person,” Moore said. “Hopefully we can start getting it done immediately.”

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  • jbigbird3 Apr 11, 4:14 p.m.

    Debbie has managed to eliminate all women head coachec from NCSU. I will be excited about this coach when women get hired to coach men's sports. Kellie had a great record but things are different in the ACC. Just because you were a great player or had winning record in a different league does not mean you will win at NCSU. Stephanie G. Had an excellent record at Illinois State and once again should have been given the job. He will not win and will be gone in 3 years.

  • Luxy Apr 11, 12:17 a.m.

    LOL, as usual, ncsuX hires a new basketball coach and the main topic is beating UNC!

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Exactly what I thought when I saw the headline.

    Either that, or "UNC Owns The Media" conspiracy theory is about to be trotted out yet again LoLoLOl

  • stillheelman73 Apr 10, 11:18 p.m.

    The lack of intelligence in these posts constantly amaze me. Even the attempt at... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Yeah, but what can you do, TB? You're stuck with KT and TBK. :-)

  • RDI762 Apr 10, 10:40 p.m.

    The lack of intelligence in these posts constantly amaze me. Even the attempt at... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Dont act like you want any of this lol

  • Constitutional-Defender Apr 10, 10:25 p.m.

    First off, BAD BAD toupee. Second, does anybody really give a rats ss what he's worried about? I think NOT!

  • Unc r Hypocrits Apr 10, 9:40 p.m.

    The lack of intelligence in these posts constantly amaze me. Even the attempt at "smack-talk" just comes across as juvenile and stupid.

  • RDI762 Apr 10, 9:35 p.m.

    LOL, as usual, ncsuX hires a new basketball coach and the main topic is beating UNC!

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Actually, the main topic is winning titles, NOT beating UNC. Try to keep up.

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    He`d be the first wolfie coach that UNC isnt his main concern.

  • Hokies94 Apr 10, 7:53 p.m.

    All that I did was look at his resume, and what he has done thus far. Yow hired a solid coach with loads of experience. Huge pay differential too. State pays coaches pretty well these days. I give him 4 years to prove himself. If he wins in the first two, he could add to his contract. Simple math.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 10, 6:50 p.m.

    This old man will be retiring before you can say, "GO HEELS"! The only people saying... View More

    — Posted by royunc

    Dr. Yow brought in a proven winner in this guy. If he can't get the job done, he'll be let go. That's how it works, well, everywhere. But there is nothing wrong with this hire, because he was hired based on his track record. And that makes him a GOOD hire.

  • royunc Apr 10, 6:25 p.m.

    This old man will be retiring before you can say, "GO HEELS"! The only people saying good things about Yow are the new coaches she keeps bringing in. This hire says a lot about the state of NCSU athletic department. Just one thing to remind Yow of, "LIVE BY THE SWORD, DIE BY THE SWORD". Her day is coming.

    "Go Heels"

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