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NC State's Wes Moore named WBCA DI National Coach of the Year

POSTED: March 24, 2021 -- 4:59 p.m. CT

North Carolina State University head coach Wes Moore has been named the 2021 WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Moore will receive the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the national coaches of the year in each of the WBCA's six membership divisions.

"The WBCA is proud to announce Wes Moore as the 2021 recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy presented to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. "We also congratulate the other head coaches who were selected by their peers as finalists for this prestigious award.

"Respected and well-liked by his peers, Wes is a winner. He was a college basketball player and has continued his love of the game through coaching. He has won at every NCAA level throughout his very successful career. He is a talented teacher who pushes his student-athletes to realize their full potential in basketball, the classroom and life.

"Wes was chosen for this honor after leading his team to an exceptional season," said Donehew. "The WBCA recognizes and applauds his leadership example that can be seen in his student-athletes, institution and community."

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In his eighth season as head coach of the Wolfpack, Moore has directed NC State to a 22-2 record and a berth in the Sweet 16 round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The Wolfpack's No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA Championship (the Mercado Region) is the first in program history. Moore and the Wolfpack won their second straight ACC Tournament championship and their sixth overall. Moore was also named ACC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 17-2 regular-season record and a 12-2 mark against league opponents. His 748 career wins ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches.

"The United States Marines Corps extends its congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Awards," said Colonel Heather J. Cotoia (Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Corps District). “This award is a testament to your dedication and commitment to your profession and the young Americans under your charge. Again, congratulations on your achievements this season, and on your selection as the WBCA National Coaches of the Year."

The United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year is selected by a committee of coaches. This year's finalists were:

Amaka Agugua-Hamilton Missouri State
Adia Barnes Arizona
Cori Close UCLA
Jose Fernandez University of South Florida
Brenda Frese Maryland
Wes Moore NC State
Kim Mulkey Baylor
Dawn Staley South Carolina
Joni Taylor Georgia
Jeff Walz Louisville

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