National Agents Alliance ready to run with Wolfpack leader at ‘Be Your Own Rock Star’ National Convention in Raleigh, N.C.
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Tough, loyal and committed.
It would be easy to use those words to describe Debbie Yow, the director of athletics at North Carolina State University, but that only scratches the surface.
Yow, a featured speaker at National Agents Alliance’s upcoming “Be Your Own Rock Star” Version 2.0 National Convention in January of 2012, has made a name for herself as one of the best athletic directors at any National Collegiate Athletic Association member school in the United States.
“Debbie Yow brings experience, toughness and she’s been successful everywhere she has gone,” Andy Albright said. “I don’t think N.C. State could have made a better hire and she is building a team just like we are at National Agents Alliance. I can’t wait to let her address the NAA nation. As good an administrator as Debbie is, she’s an even better person. That’s why we wanted her to speak to our team. She’s a winner, period!”
Although most people most people attending National Agents Alliance’s National Convention will associate Jon Gordon with “The Energy Bus,” Yow is quickly assembling her own “Energy Bus” with Wolfpack athletic teams. In less than two years, she has worked tirelessly to change the mindset and culture of her coaches, athletes and, most importantly, the N.C. State fan base.
Yow said she is looking forward to meeting the National Agents Alliance team.
“I have had the chance to spend some time around Andy Albright and I love his passion, his work ethic and his belief in other people,” Yow said. “He’s a leader that strives to help make those around him great. I’m excited to see the NAA team in person in January and I look forward to spending more time with Andy because he’s an important part of the Wolfpack family.
“I love the fact that National Agents Alliance has the mentality that the team is always more important than the individual. The Wolfpack is stronger when it sticks together. That’s what we practice at N.C. State and I know that Andy believes that because he learned it during his time as a student at N.C. State. We are very happy to have Andy and NAA in our Pack.”
In addition to Yow and Gordon, Tim Goad (founder Tim Goad International), Benny Suggs (Executive Director of the N.C. State Alumni Association) and several other special guests will speak to those in attendance.
Upon returning to her home state, Yow said she was surprised to learn that so many people who love N.C. State were almost settling for what she termed the “status quo.”
Determined to change the thinking that the Wolfpack nation was resigned to being only “good but not great in athletics,” Yow unveiled a future and comprehensive vision for the N.C. State department through a campaign she calls, “Wolfpack Unlimited.”
Yow has significantly increased N.C. State’s overall athletics department budget to $56.6 million for operations and scholarships. She oversees a department that includes approximately 185 full-time staff and 525 student-athletes.
Yow believes N.C. State should be what it wants to become and not what others perceive it to be. In her first year with the Wolfpack, the school moved up 22 points in the Director’s Cup standings, a compilation of achievements for all NCAA varsity sports. N.C. State also set a school record with 213 student-athletes on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to returning to her home state, Yow spent 16 years as the athletic director at Maryland, where she oversaw a department that won 20 national titles during her tenure. She drastically reduced Maryland’s unfunded debt of $51 million down to $5.5 million in 2010, while balancing annual operating budgets and facility upgrades. In 2009, the NCAA News named Maryland as one of the Top 10 athletics programs in the nation.
Yow, N.C. State’s first female director of athletics is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. She has served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the national Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. She is a member of the National Football Foundation board of directors, as well as the USA Football board of directors and has served on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Academic Enhancement Committee, as well as having represented the ACC on the NCAA Management Council.
Both Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education have cited Yow as being one of the 20 most influential people in college athletics. She was selected to serve on the President’s U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on Opportunities in Athletics to review the status of Federal Title IX regulations.