NOTE: Sources have indicated that NC State could be looking to spend between $2-3 million annually for a head coach, which would make every coach on this list attainable financially.
However, that doesn't mean that each coach will be in the mix and a legitimate candidate as the process materializes, but this is an opening list to begin the search process with. As the search develops we will continue to update the board, removing and adding potential candidates.
Rick Barnes [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Texas
CURRENT SALARY: $2.1 Million
WHO IS RICK BARNES? Rick Barnes is considered to be one of the top coaches in college basketball, having won at every stop in his coaching career. He has built programs at Providence, Clemson, and Texas, reaching the NCAA Tournaments at all three schools.
He is also a relentless recruiter and has had multiple NBA lottery picks excel under his tutelage, including Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, D.J. Augustin, and T.J. Ford among others.
Barnes grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, where he was a standout basketball player at Hickory High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College and still has family roots in North Carolina.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Virtually the only thing left for Barnes to win is a NCAA Title.
Barnes completely re-built Clemson, leading the team to a No. 2 ranking during its 1996-97 "Sweet 16" campaign. Barnes left Clemson with the school's best all-time winning percentage (.607) and top winning percentage in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He led the Tigers to three straight NCAA appearances, the first time in school history the feat had been accomplished.
He left Clemson for Texas in 1998 and has led the Longhorns to 12 straight NCAA appearances which includes two Sweet 16s, two Elite 8s, and a Final Four appearance in 2003. He has won three regular season Big 12 titles at Texas.
WHY BARNES TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: He has always been the people's choice and for a variety of reasons.
He's a North Carolina native (as is his wife), he has ACC coaching experience (Clemson), he's proven he can win at a high national level, and (something most endearing to State fans) he has no love for Chapel Hill. Since he was hired in 1998, he has taken Texas to 13 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four run in 2002.
He is a proven recruiter who will instantly be able to turnaround NC State's program. He could keep the current talent in place and has the recruiting connections to further expand the roster.
Hiring Rick Barnes would give the Wolfpack one of the most respected coaches in the country and signal that the program is serious about restoring its tradition.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: Barnes would make a lot of sense from NC State's side but it's hard to see him leaving Texas at this point in his career. He has one of the best jobs in the country and Texas has the resources to match any offer the Wolfpack would make to Barnes.
Hard to see his representatives not getting at least a call from Debbie Yow and NC State but would Barnes listen?
Sean Miller [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Arizona
CURRENT SALARY: $2 Million
WHO IS SEAN MILLER? A basketball junkie, Miller grew up playing the game under his father, legendary Pennsylvania high school coach John Miller. He starred at point guard at the University of Pittsburgh, setting the career assist mark at the Big East School.
Miller began his coaching career as a grad assistant at Wisconsin before serving as an assistant at Miami (OH), Pittsburgh, NC State, and Xavier. He replaced Thad Matta as head coach at Xavier in 2004 and spent five seasons at the school before leaving for Arizona in 2009.
He is regarded as one of the hottest young coaches in college basketball.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Miller's resume speaks for itself. A standout college player, Miller has spent seven years as a head coach, and he has won either a conference or regular season title in five of those seasons.
Most thought it would take some time to turn back around Arizona, but not for Miller. In his second season he has led the Wildcats to a 25-6 record and won the Pac-10 regular season title with a 14-4 conference record.
WHY MILLER TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Why would Sean Miller leave Arizona for NC State? He's an east coast guy and everyone on his staff is from the east coast. His brother and top assistant, Archie Miller, played and coached at NC State. His other two assistants are from New York and Wisconsin respectively.
A Pittsburgh native, Miller's family is all still in Pittsburgh and his wife is from the area as well. There are rumors that he isn't happy at Arizona, although good luck ever getting a coach to publicly confirm that.
He has only been at Arizona for two years so roots haven't been established. If he's looking to head back east maybe he should do so before he's firmly entrenched in the program.
Also, Miller spent five seasons as an assistant at NC State under Herb Sendek and all indications are he loved his time in Raleigh. Returning five years after Sendek's departure would make for a smooth transition, and Miller has to know that he would instantly be accepted by virtually all Wolfpack fans.
This is the type of hire that certainly would make sense for NC State. Miller is fearless and intense, and he wouldn't back down from anyone in the ACC. He has recruiting connections (he inked a top-five class this year at Arizona), and would likely be able to keep the roster intact.
His youth is a definite plus, and if he is successful he could be at NC State for a long time, as he knows all about the Wolfpack's tradition.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: Sean Miller has proven to be a coach that can hang banners, and fans love banners so you know they would be open to Miller as head coach.
He's young, enthusiastic, a winner, and he has connections to the school. Actually, a lot of Wolfpack fans would prefer Miller to Barnes at this point, and that is saying a lot.
The question is if Miller would be sincerely interested in the job and would he leave a highly-regarded program like Arizona, where he is already winning and bringing in top recruits, to take over NC State?
Jay Wright [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Villanova
CURRENT SALARY: $1.9 Million
WHO IS JAY WRIGHT? A native of Churchville, Pennsylvania, Wright is regarded as an elite coach on the college basketball level. He played basketball at Bucknell University, where he graduated in 1983 before taking a job as an assistant at the University of Rochester in 1984.
Wright served as an assistant at Drexel, Villanova, and UNLV before accepting his head coaching job in 1994 at the University of Hofstra. He spent seven seasons at Hofstra before replacing Steve Lappas at Villanova in 2001, becoming the eighth coach in the 81-year history of the program.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Wright has a won several awards during his coaching career. He was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001 and Big East Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2009. In 2006 he was also named the Naismith National Coach of the Year after leading Villanova to a 28-5 record and an Elite Eight appearance.
WHY WRIGHT TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: On the surface it really doesn't. However, there has been speculation that he could be high on Yow's list as potential candidates and Wright would make sense as a target that NC State could potentially "buy" away from a school if they are willing to spend the big bucks.
Also, Wright might have the ego it takes to succeed at a program like NC State. With Duke and North Carolina right around the corner, the Wolfpack's new head coach will be competing against the best all of the time, and constantly compared to the two national powers.
There have been rumors that Wright grew up a big fan of former Wolfpack head coach Jim Valvano, but those rumors are unconfirmed.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: Wright would definitely be a "home run" hire but looks like a longshot at this point. He is a relentless recruiter, as his success is due to the talent he recruited to Villanova and his ability to develop those players. He would bring enthusiasm, passion, and a competitive nature to Raleigh, and he is a proven commodity in nearly every aspect.
However, Wright's roots are in Pennsylvania, and he really seems to enjoy coaching at the Big East school. Even if a program can come up with the coin, his ties to Villanova just might be too much to overcome.
Jamie Dixon [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT JOB: Pittsburgh
CURRENT SALARY: $1.5 Million
BUYOUT: $1 Million
WHO IS JAMIE DIXON? Born in Burbank, California, Dixon has spent most of his life and coaching career on the west coast.
He played his college ball at Texas Christian and was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 draft. He played a couple of seasons of professional basketball before starting his coaching career in 1989 at Te Aute College, a secondary school in New Zealand.
He had assistant coaching jobs at LA Valley Community Colege, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, and Northern Arizona before heading to Pittsburgh with head coach Ben Howland in 1999. Dixon served as Howland's lead assistant before being named head coach at Pitt when Howland left for UCLA in 2003.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Dixon has built Pittsburgh into arguably the most consistent program in the Big East Conference. Last year he tied an all-time NCAA Division I record for most wins after seven seasons as a head coach in 2010 with his 188 victories. He also set the all-time record for most wins after six seasons as a head coach with his 163 wins.
Pittsburgh has reached the NCAAs every season with Dixon at the helm, and he has taken the Panthers to two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance in 2009.
Dixon was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004, Naismith and USA Basketball National Coach of the Year in 2009, and Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year in 2010.
WHY DIXON TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: He seems to have a lot of qualities that NC State, and virtually all programs, is looking for in a coach.
Dixon has won in the best conference in the country, and he is young at just 45 years old. Although he has been at Pittsburgh for eight years, he has no real ties to the area, given he is from the west coast.
Also, he reportedly has strong ties to Adidas, and Pittsburgh recently inked a deal with Nike. Given that NC State is the only Adidas school in the ACC, some feel that the major shoe company is going to help the Wolfpack secure a big-time coach to strengthen their relationship.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: If he's attainable, Dixon is a guy that should definitely be in the mix. He isn't paid a whole lot at Pittsburgh, so a huge offer could potentially land him. The question is would leave Pittsburgh for NC State? He has had opportunities to accept other coaching jobs, but he remained at Pitt.
Mike Brey [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT JOB: Notre Dame
CURRENT SALARY: $1.3 Million
WHO IS MIKE BREY? Brey is a proven coach in arguably the top league in college basketball. He has built an extremely solid program at Notre Dame.
Born in Maryland, Brey played at DeMatha High School under legendary high school coach Morgan Wooten. His first coaching job was as an assistant at the school, and he coached there for five seasons before being hired by Duke as an assistant in 1987.
Brey was Coach K's top assistant until 1995 when he was named head coach at Delaware. He spent five seasons at Delaware before being hired by Notre Dame in 2000.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Brey won four titles at Delaware (two regular season and two tournament titles), and he was a coach on Duke's two national championship teams in the early 1990s.
He won a Big East division title his first season at Notre Dame and has led Notre Dame to seven NCAA Tournament bids in 11 seasons, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003.
Brey has really taken the program to another level over the last five seasons. His conference record over that timespan? 57-31. He finished second twice, and has been voted Big East Coach of the Year by his peers three times (2007, 2008, and 2011).
Brey has already been named 2011 National Coach of the Year by CBSSports.com and Sports Illustrated after leading Notre Dame to a 26-6 record and a top five ranking.
WHY BREY TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE:
Brey seems to have a lot of qualities that would likely appeal to Debbie Yow and NC State. He is winning at a program in the toughest league in the country, and doing it with academic restrictions that no one else in the league faces.
He has been at Notre Dame for 11 seasons, and Brey could be looking to capitalize on an outstanding season. He's familiar with Tobacco Road, having coached several seasons at Duke, and wouldn't be intimidated by Roy Williams or Coach K, given he faces coaches like Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Jay Wright, and Jamie Dixon almost weekly.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: This is a candidate who makes a lot of sense. In the mold of Tom O'Brien, he's a respected coach capable of coming in and running a very good program. He's done it before and has won on the highest level.
A deep NCAA Tournament run would likely make Brey even more appealing to the Wolfpack.
Mark Turgeon [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT JOB: Texas A&M
CURRENT SALARY: $1.5 Million BUYOUT: $1 Million
WHO IS MARK TURGEON? Turgeon is one of the top, young coaches in college basketball.
A high school standout in Kansas, Turgeon was Larry Brown's first signee as the head coach for the Jayhawks. Turgeon played four years, and led the Jayhawks to a Final Four in 1986.
He started his coaching career as an assistant for Brown in 1987, and would also coach under Roy Williams, who he considers a mentor. Turgeon spent time as an assistant at Oregon and with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA before becoming the head coach at Jacksonville State in 1998.
He coached two seasons at Jacksonville State before returning to Kansas to take over the program at Wichita State. He spent seven seasons as the head coach at Wichita State before leaving for Texas A&M in 2007. This is his fourth year at the Big 12 school.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Turgeon spent seven seasons at Wichita State, compiling a 128-90 record and won the conference title in 2005-2006. That year he led the Shockers to the Sweet Sixteen, knocking off Seton Hall and Tennessee along the way. It was the school's first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 25 years.
He has won NCAA Tournament games each of the three years at A&M, and as a player, assistant coach and head coach, he has compiled a 26-12 NCAA Tournament record (8-4 as a player, 13-4 as an assistant, 5-4 as a head coach). Turgeon is the only active Big 12 head coach to play and coach in an NCAA Final Four.
Turgeon has done perhaps his best coaching job this season. After finishing in a tie for second in 2009-2010, A&M lost three seniors who helped build the program, and his top recruit, Tobi Oyedeji died in a car accident before the season began. The Aggies were picked to finish sixth, at best, in the conference, and they finished third, going 24-8 and 10-6 in league play to earn another NCAA Tournament bid.
WHY TURGEON TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Turgeon has coached, and won, at a program similar to NC State in Texas A&M which has its own national power within the state to contend with in Texas. He is young, has proven he can win on various levels, and as been mentored by a couple of the best coaches in the country.
Who knows, maybe he would like to take a job on Tobacco Road so he can compete against Roy Williams.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: Turgeon has as strong a resume as any realistic candidate on the list. He wins with toughness and defense. He hasn't had the best players, but he has competed with Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri in the Big 12.
A lot of fans may not know Mark Turgeon, but he is considered one of the top coaches in the country who maximizes his talent.
KEVIN STALLINGS [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Vanderbilt University
CURRENT SALARY: $1.5 million
WHO IS KEVIN STALLINGS? Kevin Stallings is in his 11th season as the head coach at Vanderbilt University. Prior to becoming the head man at Vandy, Stallings was the head coach at Illinois State from 1993-1999. He also served as an assistant coach at Purdue (under Gene Keady) and Kansas (under Roy Williams) prior to becoming a head coach.
Born in Illinois, Stallings attended Purdue and played basketball for Lee Rose and Gene Keady prior to graduating in 1982.
In his 17 full seasons as a head coach, Stallings has made 12 post-season appearances, including six visits to the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt has reached the Sweet Sixteen twice under Stallings (2003-2004, 2006-2007).
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Stallings has compiled a 336-200 overall record since becoming a head coach in 1993. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2007 and again in 2010 and was the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year in 1998, when Illinois State finished 25-6 (16-2) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Since arriving at Vanderbilt, Stallings has eclipsed the 20-win mark six times and been a consistent contender in the SEC East. The Commodores have gone to the Sweet 16 on two occasions and beat NC State in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual National Champion UCONN.
WHY STALLINGS TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Stallings has reached a bit of a ceiling at Vanderbilt and might be at a time in his career when a change and a fresh start would do him some good. NC State would certainly provide just that.
Stallings would certainly have a chance to prove himself further as a coach by doing it in a better league (ACC compared to SEC) despite his considerable success at Vanderbilt in the past few seasons.
Stallings also appears to be a no-nonsense type of guy, a personality that Debbie Yow will likely look for in this search. Stallings is a disciplined coach who expects the same from his team.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: While Stallings would be a very good fit for NC State, it remains to be seen if that is the direction Yow will go.
He has a great job at Vanderbilt with considerable job security in a conference that is easier to win than the ACC (at least historically). He could use the NC State opening and any resulting interest from Yow as an opportunity to increase his 1.5 million dollar annual salary.
While he has succeeded by Vanderbilt's standards, Stallings' teams have not been impressive in the tournament.
Brad Stevens [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Butler University
CURRENT SALARY: $1 million
WHO IS BRAD STEVENS? Brad Stevens in the head coach at Butler University in Indiana, where he's been since he became a volunteer in 2000. He became a full-time assistant with the Bulldogs the following season and took over the head coaching job prior to the 2007 season.
Stevens grew up in Indiana dreaming of playing basketball, but turned to coaching when he realized his talent would not result in becoming a college basketball player.
Since becoming the head coach at Butler, he has quickly become one of the most sought after young coaches in the country.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Stevens has led Butler to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three years at the helm and has a team that will make the tournament again in 2010-2011. He has won 25 games in each of his first three seasons and has gone 62-10 in conference play in the Horizon League.
Stevens has been named the Horizon League coach of the year twice in his four seasons while also winning the regular season conference championship four times. Has also compiled an incredible 112-24 overall record in his first four years as a head coach.
In 2009-2010 Stevens led Butler on a magical tournament run all the way to the National Championship. After beating Michigan State in the semi-final Butler fell to Duke 61-59, but Stevens' effort earned him a multi-year contract extension with the university which gave him an opportunity. Stevens' current contract runs through the 2021-2022 season.
WHY STEVENS TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Brad Stevens was a hot name in coaching circles prior to last season, and his team's run to the Final Four and national championship against Duke did nothing but help his value continue to rise.
Stevens to NC State makes sense for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important one is Stevens is ready for a major college job.
NC State (a team in the ACC just down the road from UNC and Duke) may be just the type of place where Stevens could look to prove himself on the national level. Stevens' youth is also a plus, because he could come to Raleigh and lead NC State for a long time if he has success.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: Stevens would be a huge get for Yow or any major program looking for a coach, but like some of the other candidates, it just doesn't seem likely that he would end up in Raleigh.
Stevens' popularity is to a point now where he could be waiting on a particular job to open up, perhaps somewhere in the Big East. The fact that he also turned down jobs last year and signed a long-term extension also speaks volumes about his loyalty to Butler University.
Getting him to Raleigh would be a win for Debbie Yow and NC State, but it seems like a longshot... word is he could be waiting on Indiana or Notre Dame to open up.
Steve Alford [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: New Mexico
CURRENT SALARY: $1.1 million
WHO IS STEVE ALFORD? Of all the coaches NC State could consider, Alford may be the one who needs the smallest introduction. Alford, born in Franklin, Indiana, was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1983 as a senior at New Castle Chrysler High School before attending Indiana University and playing for head coach Bobby Knight.
Alford became Indiana's leading scorer during his career, scoring 2,438 points (a mark later eclipsed by Calbert Cheaney) and helping lead Indiana to the National Championship in 1987. Alford's 23 points helped the Hoosiers defeat Syracuse University.
Alford began his coaching career at Manchester, a Division III school in Indiana, in 1991. He became the head coach at Southwest Missouri State in 1995 before moving to Iowa in 1999. Alford resigned after eight seasons with the Hawkeyes and took the New Mexico job in 2007.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Alford was the Big Ten player of the year during his senior season in 1986-1987 and was also named a first team All-American. Alford competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, helping the United States secure a gold medal under college coach, Bobby Knight.
Since becoming a coach in 1991, Alford has had winning seasons 17 times and amassed a 404-220 overall record. While at Iowa, Alford made three NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the second round in 2001.
Alford led New Mexico to a 30-5 mark in 2009-2010 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Alford won the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2001 and 2006 at Iowa, and he won the Mountain West Conference regular season in 2009 and 2010 at New Mexico.
WHY ALFORD TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Alford is a popular name for several reasons, but one of the most important is that he's had success at a major college program (Iowa) before. He had winning seasons in seven of his eight seasons in Iowa and has turned New Mexico into a perennial contender in the Mountain West.
Despite the fact that he's been a head coach since 1991, Alford is still young (46) and motivated, two things that wouldn't hurt NC State.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: He is certainly an intriguing candidate. Few realistic candidates will have a resume that includes conference titles at three different programs and NCAA victories at three different schools.
Alford is fiery and regarded as a player's coach. He coaches with a lot of passion, and given his playing and coaching career he wouldn't be intimidated at all by the spotlight of the ACC.
He could be one to watch.
Gregg Marshall [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Wichita State University
CURRENT SALARY: $1 million
WHO IS GREGG MARSHALL? Gregg Marshall, born in Greenwood, SC, is the current head coach at Wichita State University, where he has been since prior to the 2007 season. Before taking over at WSU, Marshall was the head coach at Winthrop from 1998-2007.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Randolph-Macon and made stops at Belmont Abbey, College of Charleston and Marshall before heading to Winthrop.
A proven winner, Marshall turned Winthrop from an unknown program into mid-major powerhouse during his nine seasons there. His teams made the NCAA Tournament seven out of nine seasons and finished no worse than third in the Big South Conference.
Since Marshall arrived in 2007, Wichita State has gone from a cellar dweller in the Missouri Valley Conference to a perennial contender. The Shockers finished ninth in Marshall's first season, fifth in 2008-2009 and second the last two seasons.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Marshall was the Big South coach of the year on five different occasions in his nine-year tenure at Winthrop, including four of his last five seasons. He won the Big South Conference tournament seven times and won the regular season six times.
He led Winthrop to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007 after upsetting Notre Dame.
Marshall has compiled a 247-130 (.677) record during his head coaching career and has taken his teams to post-season play nine times in his first 12 full seasons.
WHY MARSHALL TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: Marshall has been a hot name in coaching circles for some time, and he looks as ready as ever to take over a major program. NC State may be the perfect opportunity for him to do just that.
Marshall understands the area (having coached at Winthrop) and knows what ACC basketball is about. He would be able to come to Raleigh and immediately add some legitimacy to NC State's program while also having plenty of motivation to succeed at the major level since Raleigh would be his first stop since becoming a head coach in 1998.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: A lot of Wolfpack fans are in love with Marshall, and perhaps it's warranted, but for some reason him coming to NC State seems unlikely.
It is likely Debbie Yow would reach out to Marshall simply for the fact that he is one of the bigger mid-major names out there, but don't be surprised if he doesn't end up in Raleigh.
His Winthrop success (most notably reaching NCAA Tournaments on multiple occasions) has not transferred to Wichita State yet, as the Shockers have not yet reached the Big Dance since Marshall's arrival.
His star is certainly not dimming, but it may not be quite as bright as it was when NC State brought in Sidney Lowe in 2006.
For now he is one of the true mid-major coaches who should be under consideration this early in the process.
Chris Mooney [OFFICIAL BIO]
CURRENT HEAD COACHING JOB: Richmond
CURRENT SALARY: Unknown
WHO IS CHRIS MOONEY? Like Gregg Marshall, Mooney is one of the top mid-major coaches in the country.
He grew up playing the game and took his talents to Princeton, where he started for four seasons under Hall of fame coach Pete Carril. As a player, he led Princeton to two Ivy League titles and two NCAA Tournament appearance.
Following his playing career, Mooney took over the reigns at Landsdale Catholic High School at the age of 22 and Division III Beaver College (now Arcadia University) at the age of 25. In his second year at Beaver College, Mooney led the team to a school-record 16 wins and a playoff berth in the conference tournament.
He served as an assistant at Air Force before being named head coach at the school in 2004. He was quickly hired away by Richmond following his first season and has been at Richmond since 2005.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: He was one of 15 finalists for the 2010 Jim Phelan National Coal of the Year Award, and was named 2010 Sporting News Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after leading the Spiders to a school regular-season record 24 wins.
Richmond finished the season No. 24 in the Associated Press Top-25, it was the Spiders first top 25 appearance in 24 years and just the second in 52 seasons.
He started his tenure slow at Richmond, winning just 21 total games his first two years, but has won 20+ games in each of his past three seasons.
This year he led the Spiders to a 27-7 record and a 13-3 mark in league play, winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament title to earn a bid in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
WHY MOONEY TO NC STATE MAKES SENSE: He is familiar with the region and is considered a very good recruiter. Mooney has won on the mid-major level and could be looking to make his move up.
He has a terrific reputation as a coach and was courted by Boston College and Seton Hall last year before deciding to stay at Richmond.
At 38, he is emerging as a big-time coaching prospect and will likely be on the high-major level as a head coach in the next couple of seasons.
PACK PRIDE'S INSIGHT: There is a lot to like about Chris Mooney, especially now that he has a conference title under his belt.
He certainly should be on the radar if NC State chooses to hire a mid-major coach.
Mooney is expected to be a candidate for the Georgia Tech vacancy as well.