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April 5, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried has accepted the position of head men’s basketball coach at NC State University. Experienced in rebuilding a men’s program, Gottfried competed in one of the nation’s toughest basketball conferences, the Southeastern Conference.
He led the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to a No. 1 national ranking and has a record of outstanding success in the conference and in postseason play.
“Our search has proceeded in an orderly manner and with excellent results," said NC State director of athletics Deborah A. Yow. "We are blessed to have hired a proven winner and an outstanding coach who is well prepared by experience and total commitment to lead in the rebuilding of Wolfpack men’s basketball. State is committed to having a consistently ranked Top 25 program and a successful NCAA postseason program, with student-athletes that are successful on the court and in the classroom.
"We have taken an important step in that direction with the hiring of Mark Gottfried as our leader of the program."
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity and challenge," Gottfried said. "I have always had great respect for the tradition of excellence here at State and I look forward to helping build this basketball program into a national contender."
"I have known Debbie Yow for nearly 30 years and have admired her desire for greatness. After meeting with Randy Woodson, Debbie and the search committee, there is no question in my mind that we can achieve high levels of success here. That leadership combined with our world-class facilities and passionate fan base is a great foundation for building a championship program."