Dr. Deborah Yow became the first female Athletic Director in Atlantic Coast Conference history when named Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland in 1994. The Gibsonville native played basketball and later became a coach at Kentucky, Florida, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before entering athletics administration. Under Dr. Yow’s leadership, the University of Maryland won 20 National Titles and had an 80 percent graduation rate. In 2004, Yow was named one of 20 most influential people in intercollegiate athletics by Street and Smith magazine. Dr. Yow is part of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame as well as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. An acclaimed author and clinician, she is the former president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. She chaired the ACC Committee on Television contracts, and served on the NCAA Management Council and Division I Budget Committee. In 2010, Dr. Yow was named the Director of Athletics at North Carolina State University.