Pack coaches, administrators pleased with decision to go with Yow as AD
Posted June 25, 2010
Debbie Yow’s first public appearance as athletic director at N.C. State was filled with enthusiasm.
"What an unbelievable press conference,” said Elliott Avent, the head Wolfpack baseball coach. “It wasn’t scripted, it wasn’t off a teleprompter, it was straight Debbie Yow. You could just tell that’s the way she’s lived her life – the confidence she portrayed.”
In her 16 years at Maryland, Yow’s Terrapins won 20 national championships, including 11 in the past five years. That wealth of experience in the ACC weighed heavily on the minds of those charged with choosing former AD Lee Fowler's successor.
“She knows what we need to do to be successful, sport by sport, team by team, coach by coach," David Horning, a member of the selection committee and the university's senior associate athletic director of men's sports, said after Friday’s press conference. “To have somebody with that background and that experience coming in here, we’re pretty serious, and we’re going to get to work.”
“She has really high standards from a program standpoint,” ACC commissioner John Swofford added. “She’s very disciplined in her approach to running a program - she’s tough minded.”
Yow says her goal is to build top-25 programs across the board at State, but only as a springboard to top-10 status.
As athletic director for the Pack, Yow will earn a base salary of $350,000 per year and oversee 23 teams.
“She’s been in this thing for a long time,” said N.C. State head men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe. “There are no games you can play. She doesn’t play any games and that’s good.”
“She knows what she wants,” Kellie Harper, the school's women’s basketball coach, added. “She’s going to be a real go-getter, and I think her energy level and her excitement and her enthusiasm to get it done here is going to excel and propel us forward.”
Her last name is synonymous with Wolfpack athletics, and now Debbie Yow starts a new chapter for her family at N.C. State.