Bill Fesperman ’49 remembers another time when NC State hired a basketball coach who was not familiar to many Wolfpack fans.
Fesperman, of Huntersville, was in a trigonometry class during the winter quarter of 1946 when his professor, Dr. H.A. Fisher, was called from class. Fisher was head of the math department and a member of the faculty athletics committee.
“When he returned, he said, ‘Well, men, we have a new basketball coach,'” Fesperman recalled in a recent email. “Little did we know at the time the significance of that announcement. The call was from Everett Case.”
Fesperman says he knew nothing about Case, who was a high school basketball coach in Indiana at the time. But Case had great success at NC State, compiling a won-loss record of 377-134 and winning 10 conference championships.
“Basketball was not a very big deal in North Carolina in 1946,” Fesperman says, “but Coach Case turned that around.”