The Wolfpacker

Sept.-Oct. 2022

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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40 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY TIM PEELER omen's athletics at NC State predated the passage of Title IX of the 1972 Educational A m e n d m e n t s , t h e landmark Department of Education law en- acted a half century ago this summer that prohibited all forms of sex discrimination at any school receiving federal financial assistance. By nearly a decade. At the time, when colleges were mostly white and mostly male, there were no considerations for women's athletics at ACC schools. There had been a few female athletes at Virginia in the earliest days, but after a 1965 challenge by Olympic-caliber swimmer Mary Brundage, the league ruled that women could not compete in ACC-sponsored sports because its bylaws used the word "he" in referring to student-athletes. There were, however, ways around that ruling in some sports. W A LASTING LEGACY The Groundwork For NC State's Many Successes In Women's Sports Was Laid By A Group Of Trailblazing Athletes, Coaches and Administrators Kay Yow spent the last 34 years of her 38- year head coaching career at NC State. She went 680-325 with the Wolfpack and 737-344 overall. In 2002, she became only the fifth female coach to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE ATHLETICS

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