NCSU to induct first Hall of Fame class Friday
Posted October 5, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Headlined by former coaches Kay Yow and Jim Valvano, North Carolina State University's inaugural Hall of Fame class will be inducted Friday night in a ceremony at Reynolds Coliseum.
Friday's ceremony, hosted by WRAL-TV's Jeff Gravley, will feature video vignettes of each inductee and appearances by Chancellor Randy Woodson and Director of Athletics Debbie Yow.
Selected in June by a committee of alumni, faculty and university administrators, the inaugural class features seven former athletes and three former coaches.
Kay Yow was the first full-time women’s college coach at a North Carolina school. In 34 years at NC State, she led the Wolfpack to 680 wins, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 Sweet Sixteens and the 1998 Final Four. She also led Team USA to gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1986 World University Games in Moscow.
As both men’s basketball coach and athletics director, Jim Valvano is one of the most recognizable figures in NC State history. He guided the Pack to both the 1983 ACC and NCAA championships in just his third year as head coach. In addition to winning regular-season ACC titles in 1985 and 1989, he also won the 1987 ACC Tournament and was selected 1989 ACC Coach of the Year.
Joining Yow and Valvano from the coaching ranks is Everett Case, who coached the men's basketball team from 1946-64 and won nine conference championships during a 10-year span.
David Thompson, the high-flying forward who led the Wolfpack to the 1974 NCAA Championship, highlights the group of former athletes. Thompson, a native of Shelby, N.C., led the Wolfpack to the 1973 and ’74 ACC titles and helped Norm Sloan’s team break UCLA’s streak of seven consecutive national titles by beating the Bruins in double overtime of the 1974 semifinals in Greensboro, N.C. Two days later, the Wolfpack beat Marquette to secure the first team championship in school history.
Seven-time national champion Julie Shea, perhaps the school’s most decorated female athlete, was the top finisher on the 1979 and ’80 cross country teams that won NC State’s and the ACC’s first national championships in women’s sports.
Three football players are in the first class, including the ACC’s all-time rushing and scoring leader, tailback Ted Brown, whose records have stood the test of time since he played his last game in 1978. He is joined by teammate and center Jim Ritcher, one of the most accomplished offensive linemen in college and professional football history. Ritcher was the winner of the 1979 Outland Trophy, provided to the best college football interior lineman in the nation.
The third football inductee, Roman Gabriel, was a two-time All-American as a quarterback in 1960 and ’61.
Festivities for the inaugural class will continue on Saturday before and during NC State's home game against No. 3 Florida State. Fans will have a chance to greet inductees in person around 6 p.m. in the Fan Zone, located between PNC Arena and the north entrance to Carter-Finley Stadium.
The class will also be honored in an on-field ceremony at halftime of the game.