During his 10 year coaching span with the Red and White Coach Valvano led the Wolfpack to ACC Regular Season Championships and ACC Tournament Championships. In 1983 Valvano’s Wolfpack advanced to the national championship game against a formidable Houston team. As time ran out Lorenzo Charles dunked on a pass from Derek Whittenberg to secure N.C. State’s Second National Championship. The resulting scene of Valvano running around searching for a hug will always be an important image to N.C. State basketball and March Madness. Before arriving at NC State Coach Valvano oversaw Johns Hopkins, Bucknell University and Iona College basketball programs. After departing NC State, Valvano joined the broadcasting booth and called games for ESPN and ABC Sports and is also known for his motivational speeches stinting from his courageous battle with cancer.

After coaching at N.C. State, Valvano founded The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation’s goal is to realize Valvano’s dream of a cancer free world and has raised over $100 million dollars since its conception. He had over 200 wins at NC State and was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

NC State Coaching Record:

Overall: 209-114 | ACC Conference Record: 71-69


ACC Regular Season (1985, 1989)
ACC Tournament (1983, 1987)
NCAA Tournament Champions (1983)


ACC Coach of the Year (1989)
Arthur Ashe Award for Courage(1993)
Cable ACE Award for Commentator/Analyst


Kay Yow Endowment

Created in honor of Coach Kay Yow, the Kay Yow Endowment raises money toward scholarships for female athletes at NC State. Yow, who died of cancer in 2009, continues to inspire students at NC State.