NC State announced Friday that Wes Moore is the new women's basketball coach. Moore, who spent a couple of years as an assistant on Kay Yow's staff, was the head coach at UT-Chattanooga for the last 15 years. During his time there, he led the Mocs to nine NCAA tournament appearances and earned Southern Conference coach of the year honors six times. His 2013 team went 29-4, including an upset of Tennessee.
"Coach Moore is a special coach and a terrific person," said Yow. "He has an impressive ability to rebuild programs. Quite simply, Wes wins no matter where he has coached. With the additions of Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC will clearly be the premiere women's basketball conference in the nation. NC State is determined to return to the upper tier of our league, and, over time, Coach Moore and his staff will achieve that goal for us. Additionally, his teams have excelled academically, and we share that value."
Moore, 57, has a .767 career winning percentage, which ranks eighth among active coaches. He's won 558 games over 24 seasons as a head coach. But more importantly than any of that stuff is the fact that Moore has a magic cup.
"Look how foggy it is," the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach said Tuesday, holding it up to the light. "They give me a hard time about how there's no telling how many germs are on there. I don't want to wash all of the good off, so I just kind of rinse it -- lightly."
He got the cup during a meal prior to UTC's victory over Davidson in January and kept it with him as his team went on a long winning streak. It's science, see. There is no word yet on the details of Moore's contract, but the cup has a $4 billion buyout clause.
There's more: following his team's first-round loss in the NCAAs this year, Moore up and walked off the team bus, and rather than heading home, he just kinda started wandering around Texas. (The Mocs played in College Station.)
"I'm strolling around the San Antonio zoo," he said in a phone interview. "I'm just chillin' and reflecting."
Chillin' and reflecting; chillin' and reflecting. I like this guy already.