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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Update: Press Conference To Announce Harper As New WBBall Head Coach Set For 4:30 Thursday

WRALsportsfan.com story
Western Carolina head coach Kellie Harper is N.C. State's choice to lead the Wolfpack women's basketball program, WRAL has learned through multiple sources.

The university announced Wednesday that a press conference will take place on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Harper met with her team at 10:45 last night.

Harper will be State's next coach as of 4:30 tomorrow.

I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the hire. She's a young up-and-comer with a fantastic pedigree (played PG at Tennessee during their Three-peat (check's in the mail, Pat Riley) from '96-'98) and has proven that she can build a team into a winner. Harper built the Catamounts of Western Carolina into two-time Southern Conference champions, taking them to three-straight SoCon title games in five short years; pretty remarkable considering WCU had never won a SoCon title or gone to the NCAA tournament in their school's history.

Harper should be able to recruit at a much higher level here at State, so there's reason to think State could be back in the upper echelon of the ACC in a few years.

Gotta give Fowler a measure of credit here; he took the tough road daring to go against Yow's wishes and has taken some heat from ardent Yow supporters for it. He could've caved and hired Glance and been done with it. In the end, though, I think he made the right choice for State in striking out to find a good coach, and it looks like he's done it. All without the mess of the men's search three years ago. (Granted, there's not a lot of plane tracking that goes on during a WBBall search.)

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