NC STATE ATHLETICS POINTS OF PRIDE
In 2014-15, the NC State athletic department achieved its highest finish ever in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, placing 27th nationally in the final standings. A total of 14 Wolfpack teams registered points in the Director's Cup for 2014-15 and nine teams finished in the Top 25 in their respective final rankings.
"The combined academic and athletic success of our programs in 2014-15 is something the NC State community appreciates," said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. "We applaud the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staffs on a truly special year and the progress we're making in all of our key goal areas."
NC State Athletics highlights for 2014-15 include the following:
- NC State was one of only three programs this year to win a bowl game in football, reach the Sweet 16 in Men's Basketball, and reach an NCAA Baseball Regional (Notre Dame and UCLA).
- NC State teams recorded 10 top-25 finishes throughout the 2014-15 season. Men's Swimming and Diving (No. 8), Women's Cross Country (No. 16), Wrestling (No. 16), Rifle (No. 16), Women's Swimming and Diving (No. 17), Softball (No. 19), Women's Golf (No. 22), Men's Basketball (No. 24), Baseball (No. 24), and Gymnastics (No. 25) all finished within the top 25 of their sport's final national rankings.
- NC State recorded one individual national champion, as heavyweight wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski went undefeated and won his second consecutive national championship.
- A pair of teams won conference titles, Men's Swimming & Diving and Rifle.
- Head swimming coach Braden Holloway was named ACC Men's Coach of the Year, while male swimmers Simonas Bilis and Anton Ipsen earned ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year, respectively.
- Junior wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski won his second straight was named ACC Wrestler of the Year for the second straight season, while his teammate, Kevin Jack, was named ACC Freshman of the Year in addition to claiming All-American Honors and a fifth place finish at 141 pounds.
- The football team won four of its final five games, including the final three capped with a Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl victory. The Wolfpack's five-game improvement in the win column from 2013 to 2014 ranked second among the Power 5 conferences.
- Men's Basketball reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years under head coach Mark Gottfried. Only 18 teams in the country have done so during that time period.
- Men's Swimming & Diving won their first conference crown since 1992. At Nationals, the team enjoyed its highest finish in 39 years, wrapping up the meet in eighth place nationally.
- Softball became the first college from North Carolina to reach the NCAA Super Regionals, and the squad was ranked No. 19 for its first-ever top 25 finish at the end of the year.
- Baseball played in the ACC Championship game, and reached the NCAA Regionals.
This wraps up a year of combined excellence that saw NC State student-athletes also post the highest Federal Graduation Rate in school history at 71% and the second-highest Graduation Success Rate in school history at 81%. Fourteen of 23 programs recorded perfect 1,000 single-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).
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