by Mike Potter
CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State held its press conference to introduce Wes Moore as its new head women’s basketball coach on Monday.
He was an assistant coach at State under the late Kay Yow, for whom the Reynolds Coliseum court is named, from 1993-95.
Moore has 558 career wins (with 169 losses) including 29 this season. The former Francis Marion (Division II) and Maryville (Division III) coach is the only one to lead women’s basketball teams to NCAA Tournament berths at all three levels.
He is replacing Kellie Harper (70-64 at State), who was fired after four years at the helm following a 17-17 season. In a coincidence, Harper was a Moore assistant at Chattanooga before becoming head coach at Western Carolina in 2004.
They said it …
Athletics director Debbie Yow: “It was a combination of six factors that made Coach Moore such a compelling choice for our committee: (1) his longstanding record of competitive excellence; (2) The track record of academic success of his teams; (3) his commitment to hire a diverse staff; (4) his history of building programs the right way within the NCAA rules; (5) his passion for coaching and recruiting — yes, he still has his passion for recruiting; and (6) his unwavering belief that we can regain our position as a perennial NCAA Tournament team over time.”
Post player Kody Burke: “The biggest challenge is a fear of the unknown. We met with him yesterday and he told us what we should expect from him and what he expects from us. We kind of got our feet wet, so now I feel completely comfortable. I’m totally supportive of his vision and feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
Guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman: “It’s a big challenge obviously, but a new beginning We have a fresh start. He’s getting used to us and we’re getting used to him. I think everyone’s anxious. We’ll get used to his coaching style, but I trust him.”