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NC State Names Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics



Boo Corrigan, director of athletics at the U.S. Military Academy, has been named the next director of athletics at North Carolina State University. Chancellor Randy Woodson made the announcement today in advance of a scheduled 10 a.m. Jan. 31 press conference in Reynolds Coliseum. Thursday’s press conference is open to the public.

Corrigan comes to NC State after eight years as director of athletics at West Point. Under his leadership, Army has not only excelled in competition but also surpassed ambitious fundraising goals, upgraded several facilities, added three varsity sports and created a new brand identity, all while cadet-athletes raised the bar academically. He was named the 2017 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

“With Debbie’s retirement as NC State’s athletics director, it was critical that we find a leader that could build on the unprecedented success we have enjoyed during her tenure,” Woodson said. “In Boo we have found a very successful leader who puts student-athletes first, builds strong relationships both internally and externally, and is committed to the development of coaches and staff to achieve at a very high level. I could not be more excited about the future of NC State Athletics.”

At NC State, Corrigan will lead a program that includes 23 teams, revenue of about $86 million and more than 200 full-time employees. He will officially begin the job on May 1.

“I am honored to be selected by Chancellor Woodson to lead NC State Athletics, and my family and I are thrilled to be part of the Wolfpack,” said Corrigan. “NC State is a special institution with a long, proud athletic history and an incredible fan base. I’m excited to work with the university’s outstanding coaches, talented student-athletes and dedicated staff to build on the strong foundation developed over the last several years and look forward to moving NC State to even higher levels in all aspects of the student-athlete experience.”

Corrigan will replace Debbie Yow, who during her nearly nine-year tenure reached the top 25 in the Directors’ Cup, a competitive measure of college athletics programs, finishing 15th overall in 2017-18. Meanwhile, NC State student-athletes exceled in the classroom under her leadership, posting the four highest Graduation Success Rates in school history over the last four years, including a program-best mark of 86 percent in the most recent metrics. She also renegotiated apparel contracts, hired 17 coaches and upgraded numerous campus athletic facilities.

“Although I don’t know Boo personally, his achievements speak for themselves and I have great respect for his body of work,” Yow said. “His family has significant ties to the ACC, and Chancellor Woodson has made an outstanding choice for the future of NC State Athletics.”

Corrigan has presided over one of the most successful eras in Army’s history, setting milestones and records in competition and in the classroom.

Corrigan has overseen a program that owns 20 Patriot League regular season or tournament championships and that sent 14 teams to the NCAA postseason. A total of 80 cadets have earned a major award from their conference.

Meanwhile, Army has boasted 16 Academic All-Americans, including eight first-team selections. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Army had nine Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Corrigan has also overseen an unprecedented increase in athletic fundraising during his time at West Point. Through his guidance the Army A Club experienced a 30 percent increase in membership while increasing the total money raised annually by 200 percent from $2.5 million to approximately $7.5 million. Corrigan also led significant growth of the Athletic Department’s endowments establishing 16 new funds, more than doubling the number of endowments, and growing the department’s total endowment funds by more than $18 million in his tenure. In addition, Corrigan raised more than $35 million in support of new and renovated facilities.

Throughout his career, Corrigan has placed a consistent emphasis on student-athlete wellness, prioritizing mental health and social-media training.

Corrigan is no stranger to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before joining Army, Corrigan worked for three years in the athletic department at Duke, serving as senior associate athletic director for external affairs. He also served as assistant director of marketing at Florida State University from 1992 to 1996.

Corrigan also served five years as associate athletic director for marketing at the University of Notre Dame and three years as associate athletic director for marketing at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Corrigan spent much of his youth in Charlottesville while his father, Gene, served as Virginia’s athletic director from 1971-81. Gene Corrigan was later athletics director at Notre Dame and commissioner of the ACC.

Corrigan is married to the former Kristen Aceto, a field hockey and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, who also earned a master’s degree from the school. The couple have three children, Finley (17), Tre (15) and Brian (14).

Corrigan received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 and earned a master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013.

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Additional Supporting Statements


Boo Corrigan is the best athletic director in the country.  He is a tremendous team player, understands what it takes to win, and what it takes to win honorably.  He creates a culture of excellence in everything he does.  He is respectful, cordial, and a tremendous friend.  He will be greatly missed at West Point, but I could not be more excited for him and his family.  This is certainly a great move for the Corrigan family and a great gain for NC State.

Lieutenant General Robert Caslen

Retired Superintendent

United States Military Academy



“Simply a wonderful and well deserved opportunity for Boo to join the highly respected Wolfpack family.  He will be an inspirational leader by example as he brings a highly competitive mindset and an impeccable fiber of integrity to every endeavor on every front.  His fingerprints are all over the recent success enjoyed by Army and most impressive is the manner in which they have earned their highly respected national stature in all intercollegiate circles.  Vision, hard work, strategic thinking, a convincing game plan, and the typical Boo Corrigan personal touch is a formula that is tough to beat.  I am so very happy for all the Corrigan’s and especially proud of my great friend.”

Chet Gladchuk

Director of Athletics

  1. S. Naval Academy



Boo Corrigan is a proven leader and has guided Army West Point Athletics to unprecedented success both on and off our fields of friendly strife. He and his family leave a lasting legacy of their tremendous support of the Cadet-athletes here at West Point and made the wellness and success of our young people their top priority. Boo has driven our athletic department’s mission of providing an extraordinary Division I experience for our Cadet-athletes while developing leaders of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country. I am grateful for the opportunity Boo gave me to lead this historic football program and we wish the Corrigan’s great success and happiness at North Carolina State.

Jeff Monken

Head Football Coach

Army West Point



“Boo Corrigan clearly represents a grand slam hire as the athletics leader at North Carolina State University.


To that end, Boo’s fantastic career to date enjoys a discernible track record of remarkable success.  Moreover, Boo has highly seasoned analytical and marketing expertise, the courage to make tough decisions, notwithstanding the work ethic to do the heavy lifting, as well as the innate relationship skills to connect with all constituencies, both internal and external to the university.


However, with all of that said, Boo’s most significant asset is his utter devotion to the welfare of the student-athlete, both academically and athletically, and his supreme commitment to fully engage directly with coaches and staff.


Once again, Boo Corrigan is indeed just a brilliant hire!”

Kevin White, Ph.D.

Vice President, Director of Athletics & Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Duke Universiy



This is not a surprise to us. Boo is one of the best athletic directors in the business. He is a leader of character who knows how to build teams and win honorably. He has championed Army Athletics here at West Point and without a doubt will do the same for North Carolina State.

Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams,


Army West Point



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Preview: NC State faces UNC in another must win (9pm, ESPN)



NC State Wolfpack @ North Carolina Tarheels
Chapel Hill, NC
Line: UNC -3

What timeline are we living in? NC State sits at 8-8, tied for 5th in the ACC. Meanwhile, UNC is 3-13, last place in the conference. They have lost 7 in a row, one of which was a 17 point loss to the 4-12 Demon Deacons.

Yet, UNC is still the favorite in tonight’s matchup against the Wolfpack and not many people are that surprised.

What to expect from NC State
Not only is this your rivalry game, but it’s a revenge game. UNC’s last win was a 75-65 win over the Pack in late January.  Added on top is the fact that NC State is sitting squarely on the NCAA bubble. A loss to the Heels and they are likely NIT bound. Win, and the dream to dance is still alive.

The Pack needs to do three things.

1) Make sure Markell and Bryce are locked in.
When the senior PG is right, NC State can be dominant. You saw it against Duke, but you’ll need to see it in a game that NC State isn’t the underdog. His 6-19 (and 0-5 from 3) performance last time against Carolina was awful. He wasn’t attacking, he was hesitant and he turned it over 4 times. CJ Bryce was also in the midst of his strange stretch where he couldn’t score and he looked completely lost. He was 0-8 with zero points in that game.

Tonight they need Bryce and Johnson to be clicking on all cylinders.

2) Defend the middle. 
Bates was just back from a concussion the last time these teams met and it showed. Funderburk played well, but Garrison brooks finished with 25 points and 11 boards. Brooks is a good big, but he’s not good enough to take over a game against a healthy Wolfpack frontcourt. They need to make sure they don’t let that happen again.

3) Stop Cole Anthony
Anthony has been good for Carolina since his return but you can expect him to be great tonight unless the Pack can lock down on him. He’s going to look to take over this basketball game, and State can not let that happen. He is averaging almost 20 ppg since his return, however, Carolina hasn’t gotten a win in that span. Anthony is going to be hungry to not only prove he can help this team win but to do it in a setting where he would be knocking his rivals out of NCAA contention.

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ESPN: NC State a projected 12 seed in latest Bracketology



Looks like beating the #6 team in the nation by 22 points does hold a little weight, at least with Joe Lunardi and the Brackeology crew.

NC State was left out of last week’s edition, but now (even after a loss to FSU on Saturday) finds themselves squarely on the bubble, just squeaking in with a 12-seed play-in game against Oklahoma.

So how does this play out? Here is our prediction.

NC State goes to UNC, plays Pitt at home, plays at Duke and then finishes at home against Wake. If they win 3 of those 4 games, they are in. If they lose 2 of those 4 they are likely out.

With UNC in last place, Wake only a game better and Pitt only a spot higher in the rankings than Wake, NC State is about to face three very winnable teams. They have got to win those. However, if they end up beating Duke (at Duke) and drop one of the other 3, we believe it still will be enough to get them in. But if they lose to Duke, without a doubt they have to win the other 3. At that point we think they’ll be one of the last 4 teams in, but they’d also have a chance to build on their resume with a nice run in the ACC Tournament.

The good news is, the season is still alive, and as usual, with the season winding down, we’re going to have a lot of exciting basketball to watch.

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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State falls to #8 FSU 67-61



NC State fell to #8 FSU 67-61 in a hard-fought battle.

Devon Daniels led the Pack with 18 points and 9 boards while Jericole Hellems added 14 points and 7 boards. State only got 26 minutes out of their most productive big, DJ Funderburk, due to some questionable foul calls. He finished with just 9 points and 4 boards.

FSU’s length really bothered Markell Johnson and CJ Bryce who combined for just 13 points. Johnson added 5 assists and Bryce had 4 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough from the two seniors.

The Noles really hammered the Pack on the offensive glass, coming up with 15 offensive rebounds to NC State’s 11.

NC State now sits squarely on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament with must-wins games against  UNC and Pitt looming. Then it’s a rematch with the Blue Devils at their place before the season finale at home vs. Wake.

If the Pack can win 3 of those 4 games, they will likely have played themselves into being one of the last teams in selected for the tournament. However, drop drop two of them and they may be on the outside looking in.

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OUR TAKE: NC State’s season still alive after 88-66 upset over #6 Duke



A few days later and this game is still fresh in the mind of Pack fans.

This game really was a must-win for NC State and it showed. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a season that honestly had started to get a bit perplexing.The roster is just too good to be sitting in the middle of the pack of an ACC that isn’t at full strength. With a senior point guard (Johnson), a senior forward (Bryce) and an emerging star in the font court (Funderburk), you’d think NC State would be a lock for the NCAA Tournament. However, in true NC State fashion here we are in February facing an uphill climb to make the dance.

After the Boston College game, most NC State fans were down. It seemed as though with the Pack falling towards the middle of the standings and #6 Duke coming in, followed by #8 FSU, the odds of a late-season run were diminishing. However, if you’ve followed NC State long enough, you knew something that no data or no basketball analyst could predict. You knew NC State was going to win this game. You knew that it’s only when all hope is seemingly lost, does NC State rise from the ashes and do the unthinkable.

The Wolfpack came out against Duke as confident as we’ve seen all year. There was zero fear. They played as if their season depended on this game,..and it really did. They were physical, they were hungry, and they looked like the top-10 team, not the #6 ranked Blue Devils. So what happened? What was the difference? Who was this team?

Markell Johnson decided to dominate
The keyword there is ‘decided.’ There was no luck involved in Markell’s 28 point, 9 rebound, 4 assist effort. That was Markell simply being locked in, playing without fear and dominating a basketball game. I won’t lie and say I know what’s been going on in Johnson’s head this season. He has had moments, but hasn’t really captured that form he showed at the end of games last season. Against Duke, he finally did and he sustained it for an entire game. Whatever Keatts told him, whatever pre-game ritual he did or motivation he used to get up for this game, I hope it’s repeatable. With Markell playing at that level, NC State is not only a tournament team, but they are a tough out for ANY (yes, ANY) team in the nation.

Funderburk’s versatility is a problem
Funderburk’s 21 points was a season-high in conference play. His 15 shots was also a season-high. See the correlation? DJ Funderburk is one of NC State’s best players and he needs to get shots if they are going to win. He was matched up against one of the best frontcourts in the country and he did work. He had 9 rebounds, 4 of which were offensive and also pitched in 3 steals and a 3 pointer. This guy is a stud and the faster his teammates realize he needs his touches, the faster the Wolfpack will be able to reach their full offensive potential.

Devon Daniels set the tone.
Say what you want about Daniels, the guy has been the most consistent energy guy on this team for the past month. Yes he takes some crazy floaters, and sometimes forces shots you’d rather see go to Markell or DJ, but maybe just maybe he’s starting to come into his own. Daniels was a good scorer coming out of high school and showed a lot of flashes at Utah as a freshman. But since coming to NC State he has struggled to find his role. That’s no longer the case. He came out of the gate hot against Duke and put pressure on them from the get-go. It helped that his floaters and running layups were falling, but you can credit that to his focus. He too was locked in for this game. He finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds and it seemed like Duke wanted no part in getting in front of him. Daniels is strong, physical and cocky on the court. While it may have taken him some time to learn to play within this system, he might actually be the one starting to give this Wolfpack team an identity.

Less 3s, more attacking
In Keatts presser, he said he challenged his team to attack more and settle for 3s less. The outcome was State only taking 13 3s and hitting 8 of them. That is who this team needs to be. Markell, Bryce, Daniels, Hellems, and Funderburk are all good shooters, but none are great 3 point shooters. Beverly could be a great shooter, but he’s struggled the past 2 seasons to find his stroke. With this being the case, you need your team to make their money attacking the basket. This team has floated around and settled for a lot of lazy 3s. Keatts may finally be putting his foot down and making them play to their strength. It worked well against Duke, let’s see if they can keep focused and apply that type of attack vs FSU.

A huge win
This win wasn’t just big, it was huge. NC State needed this for so many reasons. Had they lost, the season was probably over (in terms of NCAA chances). They would limp into a game against FSU with no clear path to the tournament other than a big ACC Tourny run. Instead, they have knocked off the #6 team in the nation by 22 points. I outright slaughtering. Now, with confidence riding high, they welcome #8 FSU to Raleigh on Saturday. Back to back wins over Top-10 teams would put NC State in a position to get into the NCAA Tournament without being on the bubble.

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