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Mark Gottfried

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
2011-Present 70-38 (.648) 29-23 (.558) 6-3 (.667) 0 0 3-3 (.500) 0

Mark GottfriedMark Gottfried was named as NC State head coach on April 5, 2011 following the resignation of Sidney Lowe. A former collegiate player at Alabama, Coach Gottfried went on to serve as an assistant coach at UCLA under Jim Harrick for seven years. He left UCLA to take over as head coach of Murray State University from 1995-1998, where his Racers teams won the Ohio Valley Conference in each of his three seasons at the helm. In 1998, Gottfried returned to his alma mater as the head coach of the Crimson Tide. His career at Alabama included five NCAA tournament and three NIT appearances in 11 seasons.

Gottfried resigned his position at Alabama in January of 2009 and spent the next couple of years as a basketball analyst for ESPN. His surprise hiring ended a three-week search that was quicker and much quieter than the last head coaching search. Gottfried inherited a losing team and lost his starting point guard when freshman Ryan Harrow decided that summer to transfer to Kentucky. Despite the adversity, Gottfried managed not only to guide the Wolfpack to its first winning season in conference play since 2006, but coached the team to its first NCAA tournament berth in six seasons and its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2005. In addition, Gottfried and his staff landed three McDonald's All-Americans that comprised one of the top incoming recruiting classes of 2012.

The following season was a bit of a letdown for a team picked to finish first in the conference (they finished tied for fourth). However, the team returned to the NCAA tournament, losing in the round of 64. The next season could be a challenge; the team lost four of its five starters to graduation or the NBA draft, and rising sophomore Rodney Purvis transferred to Connecticut. Although there are more prized recruits on the way, the 2013-14 edition of the Wolfpack is going to be a youth movement.


Sidney Lowe

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
2006-2011 86-78 (.524) 25-55 (.313) 5-5 (.500) 0 0 0-0 (.000) 0

Sidney LoweSidney Lowe was named head coach of North Carolina State University on May 6, 2006, 35 days after Herb Sendek's resignation and 23 years after Lowe helped to lead the Wolfpack to its second NCAA title. His appointment became official on July 1, after Lowe passed the remaining three credits to finish his degree in business administration from St. Paul's College in Virginia and completed his season as an assistant coach with the NBA Detroit Pistons.

A former All-American at DeMatha High School under coaching legend Morgan Wootten, Lowe finished his career at NC State in 1983 and played professionally in the NBA and CBA until 1992. Coach Lowe brought with him 15 years of coaching experience at the NBA level, including a 79-228 (.257) record compiled as a head coach with expansion teams in Minnesota and Vancouver. Concerns about Lowe's lack of experience as a collegiate coach lessened as he named his staff, including previous assistant head coach Larry Harris and incoming assistant Monty Towe, point guard on the Wolpack's 1974 championship team.

Wolfpack nation had split over the years regarding Herb Sendek and had seen some high-profile rejections play out in the media over the month of April. If nothing else, Coach Lowe seemed poised to defuse at least some of the pent-up angst that had been mounting over the first four months of 2006. His first season, while resulting in a disappointing 5-11 conference record, saw the team reach the ACC championship game and the NIT quarterfinals. The Pack finished with their fourth consecutive 20-win season in the process.

Unfortunately, that would be the high-water mark of Lowe's tenure—and the last of his teams that could be considered as overachieving. Chemistry and inconsistent play would plague the next four years, and NCSU never finished higher than ninth in the conference standings. Despite landing several blue-chip recruits such as J.J. Hickson and C.J. Leslie, Lowe became the first Wolfpack coach to fail to make the NCAA tournament at least once in the ACC era. Coach Lowe resigned following another disappointing season in 2011.


Herb Sendek

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1996-2006 191-132 (.591) 72-88 (.450) 13-10 (.565) 0 1 5-5 (.500) 0

Herb SendekHerb Sendek was hired in 1996 following 11 years as an assistant to Rick Pitino and a three-year head coaching stint at Miami Ohio, where he went 63-26 and earned the 1995 MAC Coach of the Year award. Sendek brought with him a reputation as a strong recruiter with a disciplined, fundamental approach to the game. For a team that appeared to be bare in the cupboard, Sendek provided an immediate shot in the arm by registering the first winning season since 1991. Despite going 4-12 in the conference that year, Sendek's Wolfpack squad made it all the way to the ACC title game in the 1997 conference tournament, earning an NIT bid in the process.

Sendek ended up taking the Wolfpack into postseason play nine out of his ten seasons. Four NIT appearances preceded a record-tying five straight NCAA appearances, the longest such streak since the Valvano era. The team's second-place finish with 11 conference wins earned Sendek ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2004.

For many of the Wolfpack faithful, however, the only things that count are ACC championships and NCAA tournament wins, and those ultimately couldn't come quickly enough. In the end, Sendek's win-loss record wasn't enough in the eyes of disappointed fans to overcome either the lack of success against UNC and Duke—or what was perceived as a boring offense that couldn't rebound and was overly reliant on 3-point attempts. In 2006, following an outpouring of discontent from the Wolfpack fan base that had never really embraced him, Sendek accepted an offer to become head coach of Arizona State University. Even his detractors admit that he left the program in overall better shape than he found it.


Les Robinson

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1990-1996 78-98 (.443) 28-66 (.298) 2-6 (.250) 0 0 1-1 (.500) 0

Les RobinsonLes Robinson had the unenviable task of following a charismatic coach while having to clean up a program with a tarnished reputation. A captain and leading scorer of Everett Case's 1961 freshman basketball team, Robinson stayed on for a time as an assistant coach before taking a coaching position with The Citadel, where as head coach he would win a school-record 132 games in ten seasons. Robinson moved on to East Tennessee State University as head coach (making two NCAA tournament appearances) before being named as NC State's head coach in 1990.

While Robinson was largely able to upgrade academic integrity and graduation rates among Wolfpack ballplayers, ultimately, his record would be his undoing. After a 20-win debut in the 1990-91 season that culminated in the Pack's only NCAA appearance in the 1990s, Robinson would spend the next five years below .500, making him the first coach to finish with a sub-.500 career record at NCSU since World War II. Robinson was replaced in 1996 with Herb Sendek; Robinson stayed on another four years as NC State's athletic director (a measure of respect that he still had despite his coaching record). He left the position in 2000 to return to The Citadel as their AD.


Jim Valvano

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1980-1990 209-114 (.647) 71-69 (.507) 9-8 (.529) 2 1 14-6 (.700) 1

Jim ValvanoJim Valvano (1946-1993) remains the program's most celebrated—and controversial—coach. Perhaps the most lasting image of Jimmy V. will be in the aftermath of the 1983 NCAA championship game over Houston, where the coach is running around the court desperately looking for someone to hug.

Valvano guided his NC State teams to seven 20-win seasons, two ACC titles, and an NCAA championship during his tenure at the university. Valvano led the Wolfpack to consecutive Elite Eight appearances in 1985 and 1986, and also won the school's last ACC regular season championship in the 1988-89 campaign. The 1989 season earned Valvano ACC Coach of the Year honors.

Named the athletic director in 1986, Valvano seemed poised for a long and promising career at the school. However, with the publication of the book Personal Fouls in 1989 and pressure from a new chancellor, Valvano was more or less forced to resign in April of 1990 as head coach of NC State (having been forced earlier to resign as athletic director). Although NCAA and SBI investigations into the most serious allegations turned up nothing more than a few Wolfpack players selling complimentary shoes and game tickets, the perception of the program had taken a beating—mostly at the hands of the local News and Observer. Under pressure from the school and the media, Valvano was viewed sympathetically by many, repugnantly by others, and as a liability by those that ran the university.

Valvano took up a broadcasting career with ABC until his untimely death from cancer in 1993. He founded the V Foundation for Cancer Research in the months preceding his death, an organization that has gone on to raise more than $32 million in the past decade.


Norm Sloan

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1966-1980 266-127 (.677) 103-77 (.572) 14-11 (.560) 3 3 5-2 (.714) 1

Norm SloanNorm Sloan (1926-2003) was a true inheritor to the spirit of Everett Case. A player for NC State under Case in the late forties, Sloan returned to his alma mater when Press Maravich left for LSU. Sloan, after coaching Florida for six seasons, brought with him an intense style that made the Wolfpack one of the hardest-playing teams of the early seventies. Sloan earned the nickname "Stormin' Norman" for his demeanor in the coach's box, but became a legend for his relationship with his players and, most notably, a recruiting class that brought in All-Americans David Thompson, Tommy Burleson and Monte Towe.

This core of players is responsible for what many call the greatest run in ACC history from 1972-1974. During this span, Sloan's teams went 57-1, 24-0 in the ACC, including a string of 32 consecutive wins. This culminated in the 1974 NCAA championship. 1974 also marks the last time the team finished with a consensus #1 ranking in both polls. The early seventies earned Sloan three ACC Coach of the Year awards (1970, 1973, 1974).

Sloan returned to Florida in 1980. Although Sloan would be tainted with scandals at Florida late in his career, he remained a respected and active figure in the ACC until the time of his death in 2003 from pulmonary fibrosis.


Press Maravich

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1964-1966 38-13 (.745) 19-8 (.704) 5-1 (.833) 1 1 1-1 (.500) 0

Press MaravichPeter "Press" Maravich (1915-1987), father of "Pistol Pete" Maravich, was brought in by Everett Case as an assistant after impressing the Old Gray Fox with his coaching stint at Clemson. Case, who had been drained by a point-shaving scandal in 1961, wanted to prepare the team for an eventual successor. He found his man in Maravich. It also helped that Pistol Pete was almost ready to play freshman ball when Press took the reins. Everyone assumed that Pistol would play for Press at NC State.

Maravich took over for Case two games into the season in 1964 and coached the team to a 21-5 record. Press was a gruff, towel-chewing disciplinarian who viewed his job as coaching his players for success on and off the court. This work ethic earned him 1965 ACC Coach of the Year honors in his first season as head coach of the Wolfpack.

Unfortunately, fate was to be doubly cruel to the Wolfpack the following year. Pistol failed to qualify academically for admission to NC State, and Louisiana State made the coach an offer he couldn't refuse. On the same day that Everett Case died, Press signed a contract to become the head coach of LSU. The father would coach the son, but no one had dreamed that it would not be in Raleigh.


Everett Case

Years Coached NCSU Record ACC Record ACC Tournament ACC Titles ACC COY NCAA Tournament NCAA Titles
1946-1964 377-134 (.738) 90-59 (.604) 15-7 (.682) 4 3 6-6 (.500) 0

Everett CaseEverett Case (1900-1966) is the father of North Carolina State basketball. A native of Indiana, Case brought with him a passion for coaching, a Hoosier basketball mentality, and a 467-124 record as a high school coach that included four state championships at Frankfort High School. Case's NC State teams would become known for their ball-handling, their pressing defense, and an attacking, up-tempo offense. In his 18 years at NC State, Case led the Wolfpack to six consecutive Southern Conference titles from 1947-52; four ACC titles between 1954 and 1959; and received ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1954, 1955 and 1958. Case's teams won 20 or more games in ten of his 18 seasons, with a high of 30 wins in 1951.

Everett's battles with Frank McGuire of UNC and Bones McKinney of Wake Forest were legendary in their day, and this trio of coaches in the fifties helped to put ACC basketball on the map for good. As many would say, Case's overwhelming success from 1946-54 raised the bar for the entire conference, and some of the traditions that he brought with him from Indiana, such as cutting down the nets after championship games, live on even today.

Reynolds Coliseum, the Wolfpack's home court from 1949-1999, was known as the "House That Case Built." Case retired for health reasons after two games in 1964 and passed away from bone cancer in April of 1966.


Coaches Prior to 1946

Name Years Coached NCSU W-L Record NCSU Win Pct.
Leroy Jay 1942-46 28-45 .384
Bob Warren 1940-42 21-16 .563
R.R. Sermon 1930-40 111-74 .600
Gus Tebell 1924-30 78-35 .690
Richard Crozier * 1923-24 7-16 .304
Harry Hartsell ** 1921-23 11-21 .344
Richard Crozier * 1919-21 17-19 .472
Tal Stafford 1918-19 11-3 .786
Harry Hartsell ** 1916-18 22-10 .688
Chuck Sandborn *** 1915-16 7-6 .538
H.S. Tucker 1914-15 5-5 .500
John Hegarty 1913-14 5-8 .385
Chuck Sandborn *** 1912-13 4-7 .364
Piggy Hargrove 1910-12 1-7 .125

* Richard Crozier's overall record: 24-35 (.407)

** Harry Hartsell's overall record: 33-31 (.516)

*** Chuck Sandborn's overall record: 11-13 (.458)