The Wolfpacker

September 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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88 ■ THE WOLFPACKER ■ PACK PAST "Sam Esposito was the most influential coach in my baseball career," Plesac said. "He was a leader of men, who knew when to slap you on the back and also when to give you an earful. "He was passionate about doing things the right way. I can still hear him saying, 'Geez, Danny, just throw strikes.'" Infielder Doug Strange, one of Esposito's later recruits, is now the director of player personnel for the Pittsburgh Pirates, while former All-American Tracy Woodson is the head coach at Richmond. Esposito was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame and the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame through the years, and watched from afar as his former players excelled in and out of baseball. Tanner won two College World Series titles as head coach at South Carolina and is now the director of athletics at the Co- lumbia, S.C., school. Avent surpassed Es- posito as the baseball program's all-time winningest coach. "He was at the root of many success sto- ries at NC State," Avent said of Esposito. "He was always in the background, and he never wanted any of the attention for himself." ■ Tim Peeler is a regular contributor to The Wolfpacker and can be reached at Since 1977, Systems Contractors, Inc. has provided Industrial & Commercial HVAC Services throughout the Southeast. Call us today to learn more. 336.763.8969 • Commercial and Industrial HVAC • Design/Build • Piping • Custom Metal Fabrication • Service and Maintenance Contracts • Custom AHU's and Packaged Plants • Engineering Services • Energy Studies Q U A L I T Y • E F F I C I E N C Y • I N N O V AT I O N Esposito (second from left) also served as an assistant for the Wolfpack men's basketball team, and was on the bench for three ACC titles (1970, '73 and '74) and one national championship ('74). PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE MEDIA RELATIONS McLamb, Yeager & Johnson, P.A. Certified Public Accountants William R. McLamb. CPA NCSU 1974 Joyce L. Yeager, CPA 1956-2014 Samuel J. Johnson, CPA NCSU 1995 Tax Planning and Preparation Estate Planning Accounting and Consulting for Small Businesses 3200 Fairhill Drive Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 881-0057 MY & J

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