The Wolfpacker

November-December 2023

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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46 ■ THE WOLFPACKER PACK PAST BY TIM PEELER T he 50th NC State women's basketball season won't be at all like the first, which opened near the end of 1974, at the peak of the school's Golden Age of athletics. That long-ago inaugural year had an interim coach, no scholarship players, a bare-bones budget, a mandate against recruiting off campus and no chance at a conference championship back when the Association for Intercollegiate Ath- letics for Women regulated women's sports. It was always part of the dream, though, in the aftermath of the passage of Title IX of the 1972 Education Act, the landmark legislation that mandates equal access for women in all facets of educational institutions receiving fed- eral funds, to see those things change. When Robert Renfrow "Peanut" Doak was hired as a one-year interim coach in the summer of 1974, he knew it was a short-term position to get the women from a two-year club schedule to var- sity status. He enlisted former Wolfpack men's player Greg Hawkins, still fresh off his part in helping State win its first NCAA championship, to serve as his 24-year-old assistant. And they had goals. "I can envision an ACC Tournament Hired in 1975, Kay Yow built NC State into a national powerhouse in women's basketball, compiling a 680-325 career record in 35 years with the Pack. PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE ATHLETICS Golden Anniversary Season Offers Chance To Reflect On Growth Of Wolfpack Women's Basketball

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