NC State's Moore worried about titles, not UNC
Posted April 10, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.”