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Yow, Valvano among first 10 in NC State Hall of Fame

Posted June 26, 2012

— The late Jim Valvano and Kay Yow were among seven athletes and three coaches named to the inaugural class of the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame Tuesday.

Everett Case, who coached the NC State basketball program from 1946-64 was also named to the class.

The seven players represent five sports including basketball, football, women’s track and field/cross country and men’s soccer. Five of the seven athletes are North Carolina natives. N.C. State Logo More NC State Stories

“The efforts of the hall of fame selection committee and chair Chris Kingston are very much appreciated,” said Deborah A. Yow. “We look forward with great anticipation to the inductions and the celebration of achievements by 10 extraordinary men and women.”

The class will be celebrated at the 2012 NC State Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Oct. 5 in Reynolds Coliseum.

David Thompson, the high-flying forward who led the Pack to the 1974 NCAA Championship, represents men’s basketball in the class, while all-time leading scorer Genia Beasley represents women’s basketball.

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.

Beasley, a native of Benson, N.C., scored more points (2,367) and had more rebounds (1,245) than any women’s basketball player in school history, while leading Kay Yow’s squads to the 1978 and ’80 regular-season ACC titles and the 1980 ACC Tournament Championship.

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. In addition to her two national individual cross country titles, she won five national track and field championships in the 3,000 meters, the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters, including all three at the 1980 championship meet.

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. He was also a 1961 Academic All-American while at NC State. In 1969, he was selected as the NFL Player of the Year for the Los Angeles Rams. The Wilmington, N.C., native also played baseball and freshman basketball for the Wolfpack.

Tab Ramos, one of the top players in the history of American soccer, was a three-time All-American at NC State before his successful post-collegiate career, which included three World Cup teams and a starting position on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team.

Case brought big-time college basketball to the South when he was hired in 1946. He won nine conference championships in his first 10 seasons with the Red Terrors/Wolfpack and is still the winningest coach in school history with 377 career wins. He also won 726 games and four state championships as a legendary Indiana high school coach.

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, 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. He guided the Wolfpack to seven NCAA tournaments, four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and one Final Four.

Thompson, Case and Yow are already enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Gabriel and Ritcher are in the College Football Hall of Fame and Ramos is in the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 10 selections have been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Inaugural Class of the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame
Name, Sport, Years

Genia Beasley, Women’s Basketball, 1977-80
Ted Brown, Football, 1975-78
Everett Case, Men’s Basketball (coach), 1946-64
Roman Gabriel, Football, 1958-61
Tab Ramos, Men’s Soccer, 1984-87
Jim Ritcher, Football, 1976-79
Julie Shea, Women’s cross country, Track & Field, 1977-80
David Thompson, Men’s Basketball, 1972-75
Jim Valvano, Men’s Basketball (coach), 1980-90
Kay Yow, Women’s Basketball (coach),1975-2009

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  • VT1994Hokie Oct 5, 2012

    Congrat's to these 10 special people.

  • packfan07 Jul 1, 2012

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    Valvano never commited any NCAA violations. Butch did.

  • heelsforever Jun 27, 2012

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    The badger is not dumb. He knows very well what point was made and the validity of that point.

  • gtr Jun 27, 2012

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    I'm not trying to compare the two coaches' transgressions, whatever they may have been. In fact, I would argue that Valvano and Davis were most similar in what they did NOT do in overseeing their respective programs--sins of omission.

    I was, however, amused by the irony of RadicalMagick's argument that you can only go by things of which a person (coach) is actually found guilty. There's a lot of validity to that point of view, and yet, I'm not sure it survives in this day and age with the way information (and misinformation) spreads like wildfire. Heck, even in Jimmy V's day, all it took was one hack author with questionable sources at best, and he was already "guilty" in the minds of several looking in from the outside.

    By the way, I can honestly say that I liked Valvano as a person and coach, and I didn't revel at all in his downfall. I also ended up reading a copy of "Personal Fouls" and found it to be a complete JOKE. It was so poorly written with several erroneous accounts of events, not just pertaining to State and V, but to ACC basketball in general.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

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    How did Valvano reveal UNC as cheaters?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

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    Valvano didn't hire an old friend that was an agent runner on his staff.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

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    Right up until he releases those 216 phone records.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

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    We put ourselves on probation, and the NCAA accepted it.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

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    Maybe if Butch D had actually won something...... he never beat State, and I'm not sure if he even won a bowl game.

  • Smedley Jun 27, 2012

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    8-5 seasons and a music city bowl probably is hall of fame worthy at UNC.

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