NC State

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.

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  • fourgoal Jun 28, 12:16 p.m.

    Maybe the search committee dug up her original bio from Maryland where she listed a distance education PHD from Louisiana Baptist University. She called herself "Dr. " Yow based on that "degree." Turns out LBU is not accredited by any accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Government. She eventually dropped this info from her bio but continues to use the "Dr." based on her subsequent honorary doctorates. Perhaps the search committee vetted her properly and decided that it was not wise to hire someone who misrepresented her educational credentials.


    You Wolfpackers get ready. She is wicked as the day is long and is going to chew you up and spit you out, especially the old guard. Her paranoia is palpable and she will get rid of everybody and bring in her minions. She will be stealth but it will happen. She is already starting on Bobby Purcell, he just does not know it. It is now The Debbie Yow Athletic Department, no longer NC State Athletics. You ain't seen nothing yet. It took about 16 minutes for everybody in MD to want her gone but the administration never had the guts to send her down the road. We have your Chancellor to thank for ridding us of her. I almost feel sorry for you but we are so happy here in College Park we are too busy thanking you for our good fortune.

    She will raid any and every fundraising organization you have to help pay her bills. The university gave her so many outs just to give the impression of balancing the budget and she still had to push the debt forward. Whoever gets the MD athletic directorâ�ï&i
    quest;½s job is going to be in for a major shock. So, she is going to charm you and sweet talk you and tell the coaches and administrators and Wolfpack clubbers that she is there for y'all the whole time knowing full well that she is going to cut all of you off at the knees and you are not going to even know what the heck hit you.

    Get ready and never say you were not warned.

  • Ken D. Jun 26, 2:55 p.m.

    "Seems strange someone was hired, not on the search committee's list."

    That does seem odd. Does that mean that the committee considered her, but rejected her? It's hard to believe that neither the search committee nor a national search firm hired for the purpose would have overlooked such an obvious candidate as this.

    Of course, I say all that not having a clue who was, in fact, on the search committee's list. Was that ever made public? If it was, it would be considered bad form, because you might "out" some people whose current employers don't know they were looking at other jobs.

  • mccpry2 Jun 26, 2:27 p.m.

    Seems strange someone was hired, not on the search committee's list. The highlights of her speech about expectations are no different than any other AD at any other school, so really, should anyone get excited about that? At the end of the day, the coaches are still recruiting against UNC and Duke in their back yard. I think the other guy, was well prepared to do the job based on the time he's been second in command. Everyone starts somewhere and he didn't even get a shot. Was she hired because of her last name or because she was truly the best person for the job? I have no idea, but the name makes you think. Good luck to her though.

  • Hokies94 Jun 26, 12:52 p.m.

    I am glad that some of the guns came forth for her. 16 years of experience is powerful.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 26, 11:03 a.m.

    Maybe there's a third group, those of us that didn't care WHO we hired, as long as they were a top candidate. And I think that group of fans is probably happy, but anxious to find out if we hired a good one.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 26, 11:00 a.m.

    The few comments here are quite a contrast to the many hostile comments on the original story... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I said yesterday, and I still believe this. There was not going to be an AD hired that would unite everybody. Half the fans wanted Bobby Purcell (who has ZERO experience as an AD), and half wanted someone who was proven at the D-1 level. It was basically impossible to hire one person to unify these two sides.

    It was like the hiring of Coach Yow's replacement. Half the fans wanted Stephanie Glance (who had ZERO experience as a head coach), and half the fans wanted a change of course for the program, someone from the outside. There was really no way to hire one person and reconcile these two schools of thought. In the end, no matter who was hired, half the fans were going to be happy, and the other half were going to be unhappy. The person we hired only dictated WHICH group of fans would be happy.

    I think it's the same with the AD replacement.

    Of course, I don't know exact numbers. It could be 75-25, or 90-10. But judging by the posts I've read from State fans, there are definitely two groups, and there was no way to make both groups happy at the same time.

    In the end, we all just want NC State athletics to improve. And we all wanted an AD who will do a great job. It's too early to know if we hired the best person for the job.

  • Ken D. Jun 26, 10:15 a.m.

    The few comments here are quite a contrast to the many hostile comments on the original story that were so critical of this choice, and so negative toward Debbie Yow. It seems that for every Wolfpack "fan" who promised to resume contributing to State now that Fowler has been fired, there is one who will stop contributing because State hired Debbie Yow.

    State has some great fans, but judging by internet chatter, they sure have some lousy ones, too. I wonder how much that contributes to lack of success on the field, and to difficulty attracting proven coaches. I wouldn't have Yow's job for anything.

  • Rdi73162 Jun 26, 10:11 a.m.

    11 National championships in 5 yrs......

    4 were in competitve cheerleading...
    (maybe state can hang that banner beside the Bass trophy)

    3 were in field hockey
    (maybe state will get a field hockey team now)

    1 in womens lacrosse
    (state women look to "hot" for lacrosse lol)

    but i gotta give state props for one thing, they can shoot lol
    ""Rifle Wins Fourth Consecutive SEARC Title""

    i only bring this up because i work with the head coach lol

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 26, 9:29 a.m.

    Wade, I see what you're saying, but the Debbie hiring seems different than Matt and Sidney. She's kinda "in the family" I guess, but she's more like a 3rd cousin than a daughter. Matt and Sid played at the schools they came back to coach, so they were like sons when they "came back home". Debbie is just related to Kay, but other than that, she has no ties to NC State. What matters more to me is she seems to have the credentials, and better yet, she has many years of experience and success in her position. Matt and Sid didn't. Matt had never really been a successful coach at the D-1 level, and Sid had never been a college coach at all. So this doesn't feel quite the same to me. It's not like we hired Kay Yow's sister away from Burger King to be our AD. She has a good record. The more I think about her, the more I like her as our AD.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 26, 9:00 a.m.

    I do not wish to take anything away from her. I do not know anything about her, so I will let her record speak for itself. With that said, this move puzzles me. It has a Matt Doherty and Sidney Lowe feel about it. Sometimes it is best to look outside the family. The feel-good pick can be a bad pick. Staying in the family feels good, but is it the best decision? We shall see. Again, I do not want to minimize or criticize Debbie Yow.

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