Tuesday, May 15, 2007

NC State extends Yow and Lowe

N.C. State extends basketball coaches' contracts


N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler announced contract extensions for both Sidney Lowe and Kay Yow on Monday.

Lowe, who was hired in May 2006 to replace Herb Sendek as the Wolfpack men's coach, was initially given a six-year contract to guide the program he led to the 1983 national title as a player. On Monday, he was given a one-year extension that will keep him on the State bench through 2012.

Yow's contract was also extended through 2012, yet another reward for a Hall of Fame career that has produced 708 wins, including 651 in her 32 years at N.C. State.

The Hall of Fame coach, who currently ranks fifth all-time in Division I career victories, was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer in late November, an illness that forced her to miss nearly two months of the season.

But despite aggressive chemotherapy treatments and extreme fatigue, Yow returned to the bench in January and stuck with the Wolfpack until the end of the season. Inspired by their coach’s courage, the State women won 25 games and advanced to the championship game of the ACC tournament. More...