Coaches’ Corner Honoring Yow Completed

May 14, 2010
By Chris Richter

In the spring issue of NC State magazine, we told you about the Coaches’ Corner, the garden planned for a space next to Reynolds Coliseum that would honor former NC State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. The student-led initiative was completed this spring, with the help of dozens of student volunteers.

Below, we’ve included photos of the garden and the bust of Kay Yow. After the jump, you can find the article from our spring magazine.

The Coaches’ Corner

A garden beside Reynolds Coliseum will honor NC State coaches.

The basketball court in Reynolds Coliseum is named in Kay Yow’s honor. And soon she’ll be the first former NC State coach enshrined in a memorial garden next to the arena. Here’s a look at plans for the Coaches’ Corner.

How it came to be: Acting on student suggestions, Student Government formed a committee to devise a way to honor Yow, the Hall of Fame Wolfpack women’s basketball coach who died in January 2009 after a decades long battle with breast cancer. The committee expanded the idea and created the Coaches’ Corner memorial garden so other former coaches could be included, says junior Jeffrey Johnson, the athletics chair for Student Government. “[Yow] meant so much to the community . . . that even students who hadn’t met her were eager to see a memorial to Coach Yow,” Johnson says.

Where it will be built: The Coaches’ Corner will be developed on what is now an overgrown area between Reynolds Coliseum and Talley Student Center. It will include a stone walkway, garden plantings, wooden benches and busts of the coaches. “It’s kind of a secluded, inspirational place for people to sit and reflect on all Coach Yow has meant to the university and the community,” Johnson says.

When it will be built: Greensboro artist James Barnhill, who created the headstone for Yow’s grave, was commissioned to sculpt a bust of her for the memorial garden. An unveiling ceremony will be held in April. There is no timetable for adding other coaches to the garden, Johnson says.

How to help: Student Government representatives approached the women’s basketball team to seek help in raising money. About $35,000 has poured in for the memorial garden, and the committee hopes to raise an additional $50,000 or so. To contribute, visit or send checks to the NC State University Foundation, Attn: Student Government Kay Yow Memorial, Alumni and Donor Records, Campus Box 7474, Raleigh, NC 27695. The Wolfpack Club’s Kay Yow Fund for Student Athletes and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund will split any funds left over after the garden is developed.

— Matthew Burns


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