Head coach Wes Moore of the No. 17/18 NC State women's basketball team (22-7, 12-4 ACC) has been named the Blue Ribbon Panel Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday morning.
Wednesday's announcement marks the first time in the 34-year history of the official ACC Coach of the Year award that the honor has been claimed by NC State. Moore was named the ESPNW ACC Coach of the Year following his debut 2013-14 season in Raleigh, but Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw claimed the official league honor that season.
Moore has led the Wolfpack to 12 ACC wins this season, a mark last achieved when the 1997-98 squad advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He has authored the upsets of four top-15 opponents, earning wins over No. 2/2 Notre Dame, at No. 6/7 Florida State, No. 12/15 Duke, and at No. 9/7 Louisville.
NC State has gone 85-41 since Moore took over the program, a mark which includes a 40-24 record in ACC games. With this season's 14-2 record inside Reynolds Coliseum, Moore has led the Wolfpack to 14 home wins in two of his four seasons. Prior to his arrival, this had only been achieved twice in 39 seasons.
Now in his 28th season as a head coach, Moore has earned a career record of 643-210 (.753) to rank as the 10th most successful active NCAA Division I women's basketball head coach by winning percentage. He has achieved 27 winning seasons, 23 seasons of 20+ wins, 10 seasons of 25+ wins, and will make his 23rd postseason appearance this year. Wednesday's honor also marks the 12th time in his career that he's been awarded the official Coach of the Year award from his member conference.
Moore and the No. 17/18 Wolfpack secured a double bye at the ACC Tournament and open play in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 11 a.m. NC State will take on the winner of Virginia Tech/Clemson vs. No. 14/13 Louisville.