Wolfpack women's coach will not return for 5th season - WNCT

Wolfpack women's coach will not return for 5th season

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North Carolina State head Coach Kellie Harper, right, instructs her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida International. (North Carolina State University/Karl DeBlaker) North Carolina State head Coach Kellie Harper, right, instructs her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida International. (North Carolina State University/Karl DeBlaker)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

N.C. State's women's basketball coach will not return for a fifth season after leading the Pack to a disappointing 17-17 overall finish this season.

Harper becomes the eighth coach athletics director Debbie Yow will replace since coming to N.C. State in June 2010.

The N.C. State Department of Athletics announced Tuesday that Kellie Harper, 35, will not return in 2013-14. Harper posted an overall record of 70-64 (.522) and was 23-39 (.371) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After the Pack finished this season at 17-17 overall and in a seventh-place tie with a record of 7-11 in the ACC, N.C. State missed the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

"We thank Kellie for her service to our women's basketball program. We wish her the best in her future endeavors," Yow said.

Senior associate athletics director Michael Lipitz says the university will begin a national search for a new coach immediately.

Ken Griffin will continue in his current role as assistant coach and lead the program in the interim period.

Harper, a former player under Tennessee's Pat Summitt, was the successor to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer. Harper previously coached at Western Carolina.

Yow became athletics director at NCSU in June of 2010. Since then, she has replaced:

* Men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe

* Women's basketball coach Kellie Harper

* Football coach Tom O'Brien

* Women's soccer coach Steve Springthorpe

* Men's soccer coach George Tarantini

* Wrestling coach Carter Jordan

* Swimming and diving coach Brooks Teal

* Softball coach Lisa Navas

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