The North Carolina State Wolfpack were a rising team this past season. The ladies of NC State went 28-6 overall and 12-4 in the ACC. Head coach Wes Moore grabbed hold of this women’s college basketball program, making it a perennial contender in the vaunted Atlantic Coast Conference.
Due to the success, Moore was heavily rewarded.
Last week, Moore received a new six-year contract to remain the head coach of NC State. He is slated to make $750,000 per year under this new deal that runs through 2025.
Since acting as the head coach, Wes Moore has amassed an overall record of 140-58, going 63-33 in ACC play. The Wolfpack have been a competing program with successful runs in the postseason. Take a look at the wins and losses over the course of Moore’s tenure with NC State.
Apart from the 2014-2015 season, NC State has been on the rise since Moore took over. Five of the six seasons saw NC State have 20-win seasons, over 10 wins in the ACC, and has made the postseason. The only season where NC State did not make the postseason was the 2015-16 season. During that voyage, the Wolfpack went 20-11 overall and 10-6 in the ACC.
In terms of wins, Wes Moore is second behind Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow.
Now, NC State athletics director Boo Corrigan notices Moore’s success with the program and sees the value of the head coach with this new contract.
“Wes continues to elevate our women’s basketball program and this contract reflects our commitment to what he is building,” Corrigan said in a press release of the announcement. “I look forward to Wes leading NC State women’s basketball for many years to come.”
One of the key strategies Moore is stressing to these young ladies is defense. Last college basketball season, NC State was second in defensive field goal percentage (36.4) and points allowed per game (60.9). The Wolfpack were able to keep the pressure on teams as well, scoring 71 points per game.
Along with the success of the teams, North Carolina State has seen individual success as well. Kiara Leslie ended her career at NC State making the All-ACC First Team and the ACC All-Defensive team last season. Not only did Leslie make All-ACC honors, she was named All-American Honorable Mentions and was drafted 10th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft.
Kiara Leslie was not the only player to receive recognition under Moore. Elissa Cunane made the ACC All-Freshman team along with the All-ACC Tournament First Team. In the past few years, Moore helped numerous players earn All-ACC honors. Miah Spencer and Dominique Wilson earned honors in 2017 and Chelsea Nelson earned honors in 2018.
Building a successful women’s college basketball program in Raleigh, Wes Moore wants to continue to keep making strides.
“I’m grateful to NC State for this commitment and belief in what we’re building,” Moore stated in the press release of his new contract. “We’ve made so many significant strides. We have a first-class facility to play in, a wonderful University and city to call home and I’m excited for the future of NC State women’s basketball.”
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