Sandra Kay Yow

Sandra Kay Yow

(1942-2009)

Sandra Kay Yow

A native of Gibsonville, Yow led the U.S. women’s basketball team to an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988, directed her Wolfpack club to the 1998 Final Four and in 2002, became just the fifth female coach inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. A graduate of Gibsonville High, Yow holds the record for most points in a game with 52.  Yow began her coaching career at the high school level at Allen Jay and Gibsonville High Schools before moving to Elon College in 1971. In 1975, Yow became the first full-time women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State where she guided her squads to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 trips to the Sweet 16, and a trip to the Elite Eight and Final Four in 1998. She collected five Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships, four ACC Tournament titles, amassed 21  20-win seasons and a staggering 29 winning seasons. During her career, Coach Yow amassed a record of 737-344 and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and won the Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance in 2007.

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