|College||North Carolina State University|
|Team record||680–325 (.677)|
|Born||March 14, 1942|
|Place of birth||Gibsonville, North Carolina|
|Died||January 24, 2009 (aged 66)|
|Place of death||Cary, North Carolina|
|ACC Regular Season (1978, 1980, 1983, 1985,
ACC Tournament (1980, 1985, 1987, 1991)
Olympic Gold Medal (1988)
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2000)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2002)
Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance (2007)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Sandra Kay Yow (March 14, 1942 – January 24, 2009) was an American basketball coach. She was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team at from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also won an Olympic gold medal as coach of the 1988 U.S. women's basketball team, despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987.
Yow received her Bachelor of Science degree in English from East Carolina University in 1964. After graduation she worked as English teacher, librarian and girls' basketball coach at Allen Jay High School in High Point, North Carolina. She then earned her Master's degree in Physical Education from the UNC-Greensboro in 1970 and then took the position of women's athletics coordinator and women's basketball coach at Elon College.
In 1975, Yow became NC State's first full-time women's basketball coach and also coached women's volleyball and softball. She led the women's basketball team to an ACC championship in the first season of league play in 1978.
On January 11, 2001, she reached the 600-win milestone for her career with a 71–64 win over Temple University. On February 5, 2007, she reached the 700-win milestone for her career with a 68–51 win over Florida State University. At the time of her death, she ranked as the fifth winningest active NCAA Division I women's basketball coach. In recognition for her dedication and success, Yow was selected for induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on June 5, 2002, the fifth female coach to be selected. On February 16, 2007 the basketball court at Reynolds Coliseum was renamed Kay Yow Court at Reynolds Coliseum in her honor. On July 11, 2007, Yow received the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance. She received a standing ovation.
Yow also coached the silver-medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team in the 1981 World University Games; the 1986 gold-winning U.S. teams in the Goodwill Games and the FIBA World Championship; and the gold-medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
|All-Time College Coaching Record|
|1972-1973||Elon||13-3||NCAIAW State Tournament|
|1975-1976||NC State||19-7||Women's NIT Quarterfinals|
|1976-1977||NC State||21-3||AIAW Region II||10|
|1977-1978||NC State||29-5||AIAW Elite Eight||3|
|1978-1979||NC State||27-7||AIAW Region II||11|
|1979-1980||NC State||28-8||AIAW Sweet 16||10|
|1980-1981||NC State||21-10||AIAW Sweet 16||13|
|1981-1982||NC State||24-7||NCAA Sweet 16||12|
|1982-1983||NC State||22-8||NCAA 1st Round||16|
|1983-1984||NC State||23-9||NCAA Sweet 16||16|
|1984-1985||NC State||25-6||NCAA Sweet 16||12|
|1985-1986||NC State||18-11||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1986-1987||NC State||24-7||NCAA Sweet 16||13|
|1988-1989||NC State||24-7||NCAA Sweet 16||13|
|1989-1990||NC State||25-6||NCAA Sweet 16||11|
|1990-1991||NC State||27-6||NCAA Sweet 16||7|
|1994-1995||NC State||21-10||NCAA Sweet 16||24|
|1995-1996||NC State||20-10||NCAA 2nd Round||23|
|1996-1997||NC State||19-12||NCAA 1st Round|
|1997-1998||NC State||25-7||NCAA Final Four||10|
|1998-1999||NC State||17-12||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1999-2000||NC State||20-9||NCAA 1st Round||23|
|2000-2001||NC State||22-11||NCAA Sweet 16||19|
|2003-2004||NC State||17-15||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004-2005||NC State||21-8||NCAA 1st Round||21|
|2005-2006||NC State||19-12||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006-2007||NC State||15-4||NCAA Sweet 16||18|
|2007-2008||NC State||21-13||Women's NIT Semifinals|
|ACC Regular Season Champion|
|ACC Tournament Champion|
|ACC Regular Season and Tournament Champion|
Yow's two sisters are also active in collegiate sports. Deborah Yow is the Athletic Director at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Susan Yow coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Kansas State University, Drake University, East Tennessee State University, Providence College, and Belmont Abbey College. Susan Yow was in her second season as head coach at Belmont Abbey College. Susan has also served as an assistant coach to the WNBA teams, the Charlotte Sting and the Cleveland Rockers. In 2006, Susan was named as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Lynx, but resigned along with head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio on July 23, 2006.
After her 1987 breast cancer diagnosis, Yow became active in raising awareness as well as money to battle the disease. In 2007, the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund was instituted by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the V Foundation for Cancer Research, of which she served on the board of directors. Her cancer recurred in November 2004 and she began radiation treatments the following month after having surgery.
Yow had been on a leave of absence from coaching since early January 2009 because of her disease. She died from stage 4 breast cancer on January 24, 2009. In her obituary, the Charlotte Observer said, "Yow never lost her folksy, easygoing manner and refused to dwell on her health issues, though they colored everything she did almost as much as basketball. Ultimately, her philosophy on both were the same."
Yow planned her own funeral before she died and recorded a 25-minute video to be played at the service. More than 1,400 people attended the funeral on January 30 at a suburban Raleigh church, as Yow thanked her supporters on the video. "And now I say farewell," she bade the mourners, "and it's been a wonderful journey, especially since the time I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior".
|NC State Wolfpack
Women's Basketball Coach