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Sandra Kay Yow

Enshrined 2002
Gibsonville, North Carolina
March 14, 1942 - January 24, 2009

Biography

The popularity women's basketball enjoyed throughout the 1990s and into the new century has been a direct result of the painstaking work done by pioneers like Kay Yow. In a career that began at the Allen Jay High School in 1965 to her first college job at Elon College in 1972 to her legendary career at North Carolina State in 1976, Yow has led the dramatic change in women's basketball. She has been a pioneer in taking the women's game from its modest AIAW beginnings to the enormous growth of the NCAA Tournament. For more than 20 years, Yow's Wolfpack teams have been among the best in the ACC and the nation, annually winning 20 or more games and being a mainstay in the NCAA championship title hunt. Yow's teams mirror her intensity - they play with passion and complete effort at both ends of the court. When Yow won her 500th game in 1998, she became only the third coach in women's basketball history to reach that milestone. Upon enshrinement, Yow was the only women's coach in history to win gold medals in both the Olympics and World Championships (1996).

Career Highlights

Elite Eight of AIAW Tournament with N.C. State, 1978
Final Four with N.C. State, 1998
Olympic Gold Medal in Seoul, 1988
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 2000