BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lees-McRae College has joined NC State and the rest of the nation in mourning the death of longtime women's basketball Coach Kay Yow by asking everyone to wear pink Monday, January 26th during the home basketball games with tip off for the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Yow passed away peacefully Saturday, January 24th at 6:40 a.m. after bravely battling breast cancer since 1987.
Yow, who was 66 and in her 38th year of coaching, has been a
leading figure in the fight against breast cancer since her
diagnosis 22 years ago. Yow stepped away from her Wolfpack team
January 6th so she could continue to fight the disease. During the
2004-2005 season her fight caused her to miss two games and then 16
games in the 2006-2007 season.
During her coaching career, Yow led the Team USA to a gold medal in 1988, and her Wolfpack to the NCAA Final in1998. She was 737-344 in 38 seasons, and one of six coaches in college basketball at the Division I level with 700 career wins. In 2002, she was just the fifth female coach inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
During her time at the helm of the Wolfpack, she led them to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 trips to the Sweet 16, and a trip to the Elite Eight and Final Four in 1998. She collected five (1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990) Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships, four (1980, 1985, 1987, 1991) ACC Tournament titles, amassed 21, 20-win seasons and a staggering 29 winning seasons.
In 2007, Yow started the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with the V Foundation that is committed to finding answer in the fight against women's cancer.
Belmont Abbey's head coach, Susan Yow, is the sister of Kay Yow and Queens' head coach Trudi Lacey is a former player and coach under Yow.
A public viewing will be held Friday, January 30th from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 3:00 p.m. at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, N.C. The burial will take place Saturday, January 31st, 10:00am at the Gibsonville Cemetery in Gibsonville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and mailed to:
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
106 Towerview Court
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919-380-9505 (Toll free 1-800-4JimmyV)