Gottfried Named New NC State Head Coach

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."

Prior to his stint at Alabama, Gottfried spent seven years as an assistant at UCLA and was on the staff when the Bruins won the 1995 national championship. He served as head coach at Murray State for three seasons, where he coached the Racers to three Ohio Valley Conference titles. His last squad at Murray State posted a 29-4 record.

Gottfried, 47, has served as an ESPN basketball analyst and is one of America’s most respected coaches. He brings a wealth of experience and achievement to the Wolfpack position.
He played basketball at Alabama and is the son of a basketball coach, Joe Gottfried, who served as athletic director at South Alabama for the last 28 years. His uncle, Mike Gottfried, was a longtime football coach and serves as an ESPN college football analyst. As a player, Mark was a freshman All-American and later led the Alabama team to three consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA Tournament and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons.

Coach Gottfried’s Crimson Tide amassed more than 210 wins during his 11 years as head coach. Gottfried led the program to two significant firsts by achieving a No. 1 ranking during the 2002-203 season and playing in the 2004 Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament. Under his guidance, the Crimson Tide was invited to five straight NCAA tournaments.

Coach Gottfried and his wife Elizabeth have five children, with the eldest son currently playing football at Stanford.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    Who says I'm a state fan. Don't assume that because you pull for a loser that I do to. GO BLUEDEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by UNC Alum on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to
      Losers pull for the Blue Devils. They might as well not even be a NC school since about 90% of the students/athletes are from out of state. I'll pull for ECU and N.C. State just as quick as their own fans do, just when they don't play UNC. I'll even pull for Wake, and anybody but Dook.
  • by mike Location: greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    I like ECU alot too, but lets get serious, States basketball program is much more significant than ECUs. They have won 2 national championships and were considered a basketball great until recent years. One winning season at ECU doesnt make them *good*.
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      by Cliff on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to mike
      Your'e So Right My Friend!! GO PACK!!!
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      by Sam on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to mike
      It WAS a better program, but sure is not anymore, especially with that joke of an AD you guys have.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    he was facing getting fired because of his record and his relationship with a coed
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Lol! And state is major?
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    His conference record for his last 3 (2.50 years) at UA: 14-23. Lowe's conference record for the last 3 years: 16-32. Yep, they've got a real keeper; although they may want to "keep" him away from the female students.
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      by Sam on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to Earl
      Haha good one Earl.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    They hired this guy because they were at a psychological disadvantage y'all! After Calipari nearly said yes a few years ago but at the last second changed his mind it has given every other legitimate coach cause for concern, and they've been at a psychological disadvantage ever since. I find it interesting that this Gottfried guy was an Alabama alumnus and he abandoned ship for a program that has no national power or personal connection to himself. I hadn't heard about the cheating accusations though, could someone elaborate on that please? If he's a real cheater he may be in line to take over for Ol' Roy!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to Bud
      he didnt abandon ship for state, he left Alabama 2 years ago and has been a sports annalyst since then...i wish you people actually knew what you were talking about before you make post here
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        by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:34 PM in reply to
        Left Alabama in the middle of the season. What a great leader!
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    Great Choice!!! Welcome To NC State Mark Gottfried!!! GO PACK!!!!
  • by PackFan Location: Pitt on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Wow!!!! Atleast Lebo will stay @ ECU!!!!!! He's more suited for the minor schools!
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      by Old Guy on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to PackFan
      The reason Lebo stayed at ECU is that he didn't want to coach at a minor program and that is what NCSU is, just a little frog in the ACC pond. Dream on !!
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      by Sam on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:31 AM in reply to PackFan
      Lebo chose ECU cause his wife is raised 40 minutes away, in Williamston, and also his father in law played football at East Carolna as well. ECU is the closest of the schools to his in laws so it works out perfect.
  • by Tarheel Location: NC on Apr 5, 2011 at 09:56 PM
    Gilbert Gottfried would have been a better hire. The basketball program is a joke so hire a comedian to coach them !!!!!
  • by GO HEELS Location: enc on Apr 5, 2011 at 04:31 PM
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