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October 10, 2011
Coach Yow was a professor of mine at Elon in 1972. She was an inspiration then and now. A GREAT human being. I was blessed to know her.
February 14, 2011
My sympathy to all who knew and loved Kay Yow. I was saddened to hear of this great woman's passing. What a legacy she leaves. Her strength and faith are a source of inspiration to so many of us who never met this beautiful, courageous woman. Clearly you are resting in the Peace of Our Lord. Thank you for your gifts.
February 02, 2011
May 20, 2010
The years may come and go, but the memories of our love ones, will live on forever in our hearts.

God is for us a refuge and strength, a help that is readily to be found during distresses.
August 13, 2009
Dear Camille,
I was saddened to read of Lawson's passing. While it was many years ago, I still fondly remember the enjoyable time we had together at our house reminiscing about our alma mater. To you and your fine family I send my heartfelt sympathy. Joe Quarles
July 08, 2009
What a wonderful coach and fighter.God Bless you and rest in peace.no one call feel your shoes as a coach.
May 26, 2009
Thank you for bringing so much attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. You were an inspiration to others. God Bless you. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
February 16, 2009
As a breast cancer survivor I am always inspired by Kay. Because of her faith she survived 22 years with breast cancer. Thank You Kay! God Bless
February 15, 2009
Kay Yow,

We never knew each other personally, however, I feel inspired to write this to you. I too have battled breast cancer and have gone through the dark desperate feelings that one goes through during this disease. Luckily, I was lucky enough to make it through, somehow.

I am humbled when I see how many people love and respect you for not only your battle with cancer, but the overall love that you give to every one you have met. You are truly an inspiration to me and I will always strive to be somebody like you. I made a promise to God that if I made it through cancer, I would do my best to give of myself to others and to give as much love as I can to all those around me. And I see you as the perfect role model to be that kind of person.

Thank You for being a beacon of light to everyone you have touched.
February 08, 2009
After watching the videos from Kay Yow's service I am inspired to write here in the guest book. I worked FCA basketball camp with Kay Yow in Marshall, IN for several years in the early 80's. It was incredible to me then (and still is) that she would stop everything to drive more than 10 hours to work a small basketball camp in Indiana. She was SO humble and SO funny. I would practice my Kay Yow accent so that I could imitate her at camp each summer. She was a very special person and I'm so honored to have known her.
February 06, 2009
God bless you.
February 05, 2009
I just heard of Kay Yow today on the 700 Club TBN. I admire her for encouraging us here in this life to keep serving Jesus, as she was saying her good bye's to all fellow believers. I believe she is in the arms of her and our Savior Jesus Christ.
February 04, 2009
As a new Campus Crusade for Christ staff member at NC State, it was thrilling to attend a State/UNC football game in the fall of 1975. In the game program, all the NCSU coaches were pictured. Kay Yow was (I recall) the only woman coach on the page. I bowed right then and asked God to use me in her life and to use her to influence others. The next week I walked into her office...and that is where her testimony begins.

Although it was uncomfortable to hear my name in her video testimony, the whole service was such a glorious celebration of what God can do in and through the life of one who truly loves Him. There she was: ALREADY IN HEAVEN and making an extraordinary effort to bring as many people with her as possible.

I am a breast cancer survivor and greatly appreciate all Kay's efforts to cure 'the beast'. Those efforts will continue and one day...it will be Cancer that dies.

This website reminds me that Kay doesn't have to imagine anymore what Heaven will be like.
http://www.andiesisle.com/icanonlyimagine.html

Well done, good and faithful servant.
February 01, 2009
I always admired Kay Yow as the NC State Girls Basketball Coach. She brought great honor to our US Olympic game as well.

I was so touched by her determination to live her life to the fullest each and every day until her last. It was so obvious she gave so much of herself to others and her causes.

I watched her Memorial service today on TV and was so touched by her message to us all. Hearing her wonderful stories, her words of wisdom and the spiritual message she sent to us all in her last words.

I for one felt God in my heart today like never before. Kay's own words she videoed for her memorial was so powerful!! Her message will remain with me and be in my heart for the rest of the days of my life.

God Bless and R.I.P. Coach!
January 31, 2009
God bless you and give all your loved ones strength to go on without your physical presents
January 31, 2009
To Susan and your family-I am so very sorry for your deep, personal loss. I will keep you in my prayers as the days go on. Please let me know of any other way I can help.
May God bless and keep you in his peace.
January 30, 2009
Great coach-what she did for women's bb can never be measured.My memories of our games early in our careers are priceless. My sympathy goes to Debbie, Susan, & Ronnie. Rest in peace Kay---
January 30, 2009
Kay,
May god be with you always! Rest in peace.
January 29, 2009
Dear Family of Coach Yow,

Having lived in Rhode Island my entire life, I knew nothing about NC State and Coach Yow until two years ago when I happened to tune in to one of the womens' basketball games. During a break in the action, the announcers spoke about the recurrence of Coach Yow's illness. Since then I have followed Coach Yow's progress and the team. I feel as though I have lost a member of my family. May she rest in peace.
January 29, 2009
What a great trooper through all this. I enjoyed watching her coach and lead her ladies on the basketball court. She is not suffering anymore and will be continuing to coach from above. God must have needed a women's coach in heaven. Kay, we will miss you.
January 29, 2009
Kay was a true steel magnolia. Both she & Jimmy V. were inspirations to young & old alike.
January 29, 2009
I am very inspired by the way Kay lived her life on and off the court. What an inspiration for others who are fighting the battle of cancer ! You will never be forgotten !! Go Wolfpack !!
January 29, 2009
I would have liked to have known her...she sounds like an amazing woman!
January 29, 2009
Wow. I'm so sorry the world has lost a legend. She made such a contribution to history through her career and battle with cancer. We see she never allowed her fight get in her way of helping. Her example should have some impact on all of our lives, especially for those of us who are women. Her courage through her battle will help Kay's influence be that much greater. Even though she lost this one, she will not be forgotten. John 5:28,29/Acts 24:15. May we await the day when we will see her again. I hope that her family is so very proud of her and that they will take care of one another in this difficult time. May you throw your grief and sadness upon God because he cares for you (1Peter 5:7) and lean on the strength he supplys (2Corinthians 4:7). I am so sorry for your loss.
January 29, 2009
The Lord know she had fought a good fight so he told this precious angel on home with him. I will keep the family in my prayers.
January 29, 2009
I have followed articles about the Coach for awhile now. I lost my Mom in 1987 after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. Our oldest daughter went to Montana State to play basketball. Coach Yow had incredible courage and perserverance and she left that mark, it is clear, on everyone she touched. Thank you for sharing her with us.
January 29, 2009
I NEVER KNEW COACH KAY YOW , BUT GOD BLESS HER FOR ALL SHE HAS DONE , WHAT AN INSPRIATION SHE IS TO ALL OF US . A WOMAN OF GOD FOR SURE . MAY WE ALL TRY TO LIVE OUR LIVES WITH LOVE FOR ALL ..
January 29, 2009
It occurred to me that the inscription on Francis(Aunt Bea) Bavier's tombstone would be very appropriate for Coach Kay Yow. It reads, "To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die". Coach Yow certainly lives on in the hearts of many! She was a teacher and teachers "touch the future", as the saying goes. Her lessons will be passed on to many future generations. May she rest in peace but her work go on.
January 29, 2009
I never met Coach Kay Yow, but I love her for all she did for young people. She will be missed by all.
May GOD bless hes family.
January 28, 2009
You were one of the most courageous people in the world, and also one of the most humble. You put a positive spin on something as devastating as cancer, and made the world a better place. Thank you for all of the triumphs on the court and for all the little things in life that you reminded us to notice, and not take forgranted. Rest now, Coach Yow. You deserve it!
January 28, 2009
Coach Yow,
YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY BY EVERYONE!! God Bless you for fighting cancer and showing us that there is HOPE!!

Sincerely,
The Larson's
January 28, 2009
January 28, 2009
I was a student at the University of South Carolina from 1976-80, During the 1978-79 season, I announced Lady Gamecocks Basketball games on the campus radio station. It was my desire to do this professionally, so I took the role very seriously.

In those days, the regional tournaments to get to the nationals were by invitation. I recall the one in Tennessee, when I got to interview Pat Head (later Summitt)and Kay Yow, who had the title of "co-coach".

Not sure who that was, but it was Kay who came to my table at halftime for a nice interview. It did not matter that it was a college radio station. She treated me like she did everybody - with respect.

We talked about the rise of women's college basketball, which was just starting to explode. Now that I look back, it was major highlight n my radio career, though I did not get paid for doing the game.

I now do a volunteer all-night DJ for a local Relay for Life, supporting the continued quest for a cure to Breast Cancer.

This year (Mother's Day Weekend) will be an extra special event for me. I will tell Kay's story from my perspective.
January 28, 2009
Coach Yow showed us all how to have a meaningful life. She lived each day with faith and hope, strength and courage, grace and dignity, and a love and respect for the many lives she touched. NC State, and the world, has lost a wonderful lady.
January 28, 2009
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the promise that God makes when he says he will do away with all sickness, pain, suffering and even death,
Wth Sympathy,
January 28, 2009
To the Yow Family:

May God bless you in your time of sorrow.
January 27, 2009
Kay Yow is an inspiration to a generation that came of age in the 1970s. I am among many students who were fortunate to have benefited from her good grace on campus.

Kay created real teams from an array of disparate and exceptional athletes. Kay also remained true to her roots as a good teacher, displaying a knack for recognizing the good things that can be coaxed out of each student.

Through this good work, she presented all of us with a glimpse of what we could become if we pull together for the common good.

Congratulations on a life well lived, dangers well met. And thank you for all that you have shared with us.
January 27, 2009
I have had the honor and good fortune to know Kay and her family for many years. The Hilton Yow family has to be one of the most remarkable in ways beyond the usual.

Kay's parents were like parents to me. They were the kind of parents we would all want if we had a choice. I mourned deeply when they died.

Kay's brother, Ronnie, her sisters, Debbie and Susan, each are no less remarkable in their own way.

I am deeply saddened by this family's loss but I know their collective strength and spiritual base will see them through this difficult time. My prayers and love are with them always.

Kay was a remarkable human being, well beyond the ordinary, even well beyond the extraordinary.
January 27, 2009
theharringtonfamily
January 27, 2009
sorry for the the lost i know she was a great person may god be with you all my thoughts and prayers are with each one of you may god bless you all
January 27, 2009
As a 1965 graduate of Allen Jay HS in High Point NC, I had the honor of being one of her first students. She was our senior English teacher and basketball coach. She was an inspiration then and as I followed her career, she meant even more to me. What a lady, if we only had more like her.
January 27, 2009
Coach Kay Yow touched lives she does not even know. I was blessed to have crossed paths as few times as I have due to the impact she could make on your life in an instant. She has an impact on my life. She was one of those people in life that you may not have known at the time the impact they have later in your life, but somehow cross paths again later and it makes more sense. Do you know what I mean?

Coach Yow had such an influence on my life, first at Allen Jay High School and then when old enough, as the camp director in which I attended as a student athlete. Kay exemplified the model for what we want in high school and the college coaches. She was a pioneer and role model in a man’s world for young girls and a later became the inspiring factor to cultivate the belief that women could prevail with faith and perseverance.

As a first year basketball student athlete, I carried a tape recorder to the Kay Yow basketball camps at NC State so I could tape her motivational speeches. I remember feeling so inspired and overwhelmed by her speeches, that I wanted to hear them every day. They actually increased my heart rate as I would sit and listen to her and felt as a young girl, feeling that I could do anything I set my mind to. I simply could not remember everything at once and needed to hear it over and over!! I played those cassette tapes all the time in my room to drive it into my being, so I could be the best I could be. I did this throughout my high school basketball career and now cherish those words even today. Recently, Allen Jay sold their 50-year annual, which has a special focus on a first year coach Kay Yow (she looks so funny with her beehive hair - and I mean this in a very loving way!) I love that I am in the same annual with her, even though I was not old enough to be on her team yet. Yet as mentioned in the first paragraph, sometimes we do not know these subtle “occurrences” for such a good spirit to be in your life.

In 2007, I was humbly awarded the Triad YWCA Woman of the Year in Exercise and Sport Science category and Kay Yow was the first to win this award in the same Exercise Science category. She was also the co-chair of the committee that year; therefore, she is on my DVD sharing the same motivational speech as she has always and I will cherish this always. Subtle occurrences.

Her eternal belief in determination, drive, and courage persevere in my life today just as strong today as they were then. I can feel an increased heart rate just thinking about the power of determination that radiated from those in her presence. This kind of power comes from motivation and belief that cannot be imagined or created, but that which is lived.

While I did not walk in the same path as Kay and gave up coaching for State Government service, I can feel her presence in the person that I am today. Kay helped me to unlock my mind and never give up. I remember her saying that a winner was not the one with the most points at the end of the game, but the one who acquired the most out of it. I remember my first losing season as a basketball coach as one of the hardest times of my life. We had moved into a conference twice our size with lots of talent and I had a handful of freshmen, one senior and one sophomore. That year, I knew we were “under construction”. I had to find a way to keep these girls determined night after night of losing. I went to listen to my tapes. Then it hit me, we would develop a plan for the next several years and we would find a way to win even without having the most points and our team shirts were “under construction”. We had awards for the small things (reaching a goal for a certain number of rebounds, assists, accurate play execution, and positive comments to others. I provided awards for disguised challenges until they could master the skill, just like I learned in camp. This, overall, emerged for me to pay it forward to these girls, was taught to me by Kay Yow. We improved and we believed no matter what and while we may not have had the most points at the end of the night, we won when we accomplished our goals.

I work still today on the motto “where there is a will there is a way” or moreover, “where there is a will there is a spirit of Kay”. While some may not understand my method or madness to how and why I do what I do and how I get things done, Kay was an inspiration to me and helped shape me into the determined person I am today. I will never forget what she has meant to girls in sport and the inspiring message to never quit.


My heart hurts yet sings, Kay will be missed, but her life lessons are embedded forever. It is our responsibility now to continue that total strength of mind and belief to others.
January 27, 2009
I remember when Kay played girl's basketball at Gibsonville HS (six on six) with her two sisters. I attended Nathaniel Greene School (a union school like Gibsonville) and we had the Arrington triplets. The first time I met Kay was when I lead team devotions and she rembembered the Arrington Triplets. In another "its a small world", I did my student teaching at Allen Jay when Kay was there. She truly lived out her deep faith in the love and faithfulness of God in Christ.
January 27, 2009
Thanks for your contributions to women's basketball and your undying faith.

I enjoyed watching you play softball back in the day.
January 27, 2009
little did i know 20 years after starting to follow this program,Even in death Kay would gently affect me at the worst most tragic moment of my life, the sudden death of my spouse this past sunday of a heart attack.One moment my spouse wa ok the next...Gone . To say I am in shock and grief is a understatement, However in these few days I find my self remembering things she said,like it will get easyer at some piont it won't be your every waking thought.or perservere always,when life kicks you make sure it is foward. Thanks Coach for once again influenceing my life
January 27, 2009
I can only imagine what heaven must be like now that such a lady as Kay Yow, has entered the gates with her Lord. May we all take lessons and try to live with the "attitude" and love as Coach Yow.
Thanks Coach for sharing and giving each of us so much of your life.
Mary Lee Bass (Red Oak, NC)
January 27, 2009
we love
January 27, 2009
May Jehovah God be with you and your family during this time of grief. He is the God of comfort, He will wipe out all of our tears and pain. Revelation 21:4, Isaiah 57:15, 2Corinthians 1:4, Psalms 55:22
January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009
AMANDA GUPTON HENSLEY
I FIRST MET COACH TRHOUGH A FRIEND OF MINE, WHO PLAYED FOR HER AT THE TIME. SHE PLAYED A BIG
PART IN MY LIFE, EVEN IF SHE DIDN'T KNOW IT.
GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
January 27, 2009
To the Family of Coach Kay...

Please accept my condolence in the loss of Coach Kay. Soon there will be a time, when none of us will have to experience the pain of losing our family and friends to death (Rev. 21:3, 4).

Please find comfort in knowing Coach Kay will rise (Luke 11:23).

Sincerely,

Crystal M Wortham
Baltimore, MD
January 27, 2009
In the 1980s, I met Coach Yow while I worked at UNC-TV. She asked my assistance in arranging to broadcast the women's ACC Basketball Tournament on public TV. We did so for a few years, and then -- at last -- commercial broadcasters began to understand the appeal of women's sports. Some years later, my daughter attended her beginning basketball camp and, thanks to a charity auction, shared a private luncheon with Coach Yow. As she gave the tour of the women's locker room, Coach Yow told my daughter and another young friend, "You are responsible for making yourself better. You have to work at it, every day, and then you'll get where you want to be." Around the same time, my husband and I took our daughter to an early-round NCAA women's tournament game in which NC State whupped up on Maine. The UNC and Duke women were also playing that weekend, and I think they were all at home. As we walked into Reynolds with the band playing, the cheerleaders shouting and the pom-poms waving, I stopped to chat with TV friends of mine free-lancing for ESPN. All of a sudden, I choked up with the realization that ESPN was at Coach Yow's game and would be at two other women's games in the Triangle within 24 hours, and that the brave woman in there -- already a breast cancer survivor -- had done so much to make it happen. My daughter noticed the tears. I tried to explain to her the enormous change, and she said, "What change? Hasn't it always been like this?" Thanks to Kay Yow and other women like her, generations of young women now EXPECT to have the chance to compete, to wave at the camera operators and to hear the pep band play for them. I'm glad that they don't know any other world, and I want them to know about the great ladies who helped make it so.
January 27, 2009
To Kay's family, we are so sorry for your loss. May Almighty God comfort you in your time of tribulation.
January 27, 2009
I am a UNC graduate and didn't have the pleasure of meeting Coach Yow. But she has influenced my life and made me so much more aware of women's health issues. I send my sympathy to her family and NC State friends. You are in a much better place now, Coach Yow! God bless!
January 27, 2009
Coach Yow was an inspiration. She exemplified dignity and honor. May she rest in peace. Obviously the Lord needed a Basketball coach in heaven. He got the best!! May God wrap His arms around her family and NC State family and friends at this difficult time.
January 27, 2009
Coach Yow, You were an inspiration to many and a truly extraordinary person to those who came into contact with you. May you rest in peace with our Lord!
January 27, 2009
Kay Yow was a hero of mind. She was a sweet and knid women. She never let cancer get her down. Rest In Peace. We will never forget you.
January 27, 2009
What an inspiration!! I will never forget the first autograph I received from Coach Kay Yow: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" I received that quote as a child and I will always remember the wonderful woman that touched by life with her kind words and faith in the Lord. May you rest peacefully...you are Home!
January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009
What a fireball ! You will be missed. Rest in peace. And, thank you.
January 26, 2009
Coach Yow! what a fighter, so much strength, faith and determination. God's blessing be with her family. She was our Angel for a long time and now Heaven gets their Angel back ,she is there with her Father and with Jimmy V and I am sure they are talking Wolfpack basketball
January 26, 2009
We are 2nd cousins but I will always remember the reunions that was for your family!!! The Good Lord is always the answere for all our lives!!! The World was Blessed to have had You in their Lives and thank the Good Lord for That!!!
January 26, 2009
Coach KAY YOW-what a wonderful lady-there are no words to describe what you have done for all people not only on the court but off the court-this world is a better place because of you and what you stood for and for letting us be more educated with this terrible disease that you shared with everyone-i know you will be watching from above and seeing how many lives you have touched and the many more lives you will continue to touch-may you rest in peace Coach Yow--My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire Family and Friends
January 26, 2009
In 1967 I had the honor of being coached by Kay at Allen Jay High School in High Point, NC. I made her varsity team during my sopomore year. I wasn't very good. I was really surprised! During a game with one of our biggest rivals, Ragsdale High School, the game was tied. Most of our good players had fouled out. She pointed at me and motioned me in. I thought my heart would stop. I was a great bench warmer! As the game continued, I took a "wild shot" at the hoop and much to everyone's amazement, I made it. It didn't look like it was anywhere near the hoop from where I was standing. I looked at Kay. Her mouth was wide open and her face was frozen. That shot was definately made by devine intervention! I looked at her again, so proud of myself. She had the biggest grin on her face. I know that in her heart she knew she had given me my "15 minutes of fame". I am proud to have been on her team during her first coaching position. She is still a legend among those at Allen Jay that knew her.

God motioned her in. It's her turn to play. God bless her.
January 26, 2009
Coach Yow was an excellent coach and a real class act. She represented all the good qualities of NCSU and college athletics. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.
January 26, 2009
Some of us leave indelible footprints on this earth when we depart. Kay Yow is one of those blessed souls! Her courage, faith, and the desire to reach out to others endeared her to thousands and will inspire others to do the same.

She is finally free of that horrible disease and is basking in that realm of joy, peace and eternal love beyond measure.

You will be missed, Ms. Yow. God bless you and keep you near.

Yvonne Fair
Stockbridge, GA
January 26, 2009
What a sweet spirit. She will and forever more be missed. The pleasure was all mine.
January 26, 2009
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Kay Yow. I had the pleasure of competing with her on the sports field. She was a strong competitor, a fair coach and an honorable lady. Her strong faith and love of others made her the wonderful person she was. Having followed her career, like many others, I grew to respect the person she was and admired her for such a courageous battle she fought so publicly. She is at peace now, and she is no longer in pain. God has blessed us all by giving us the pleasure and priviledge of knowing such a wonderful person in Kay Yow.
January 26, 2009
I got to meet Coah Yow one time and that was all that was needed for this Tarheel fan to have respect and admire her forever. She was a great lady who did a lot for the game of womens basketball...Thanks!! Rest in Peace Kay Yow!
January 26, 2009
January 26, 2009
REVELATIONS 21:4
January 26, 2009
may god bless your family.you were a gift to us all.the ones who knew you and the ones that not, take your rest. thank god you touched so many livesand made a difference in the world
January 26, 2009
Coach, You have completed your game of life with dignity, character, and love for all. As we continue our game of life, we are assured of an easier game because of your inspiration and faith that you have shown to all.
THANKS FOR BEING YOU.
January 26, 2009
Im a big tarheel fan but I really cared about coach kay yow a few years ago she came to mcdowell high and I recieved an autograph from her and she was so nice I care alot for her and I just want everyone to know that she is afine christian lady and she is not having to suffer anymore
January 26, 2009
May God Bless You in your journey. You are not suffering any more and you have done your best to fight cancer.
January 26, 2009
We just want to say how sorry we were to learn of Coach Yow's passing. We met her when they retired Jennifer Howard jersey at her high school. She is now in a better place and coaching God's basketball team.
January 26, 2009
Thank Coach Yow.You were not only a great coach, but a great human being also.Your courageous battle with cancer is an inspiration to everyone.Rest in peace, you did a whale of a job.
January 26, 2009
Kay, we will miss you. A woman of dignity, strength, character and faith. A true inspiration to all who knew you in any way.
January 26, 2009
I am a devoted Tarheel fan who has a lot of respect and admiration for Coach Yow and Coach Jim V. The love and compassion that they demonstrated before the Wolfpack players and fans is unmeasurable. she was truly an inspiration to all women. She never gave up and taught us all a very valuable lesson in life. To her family, you were so blessed to have such a remarkable woman in your family. Thank you for sharing her with NCSU and the world. May God grant you strength, peace and comfort as you face these difficult days ahead.
January 26, 2009
i like to offer my prayers to the family of Mrs. Yow and the students, players and faculity at North Carolina State. she was a Bright star to look up to and she will be missed.God has brought another coach on home to be with Jim Valvano and the two of them will shime own in our heart and souls .
January 26, 2009
As a long time fan of Women's basketball, I have admired Coach Yow since I first heard of her. I am a huge fan of the Univ of TN and have followed Pat Head Summit's career since she was in college..
NC State was always right up there and when Coach Yow led the US Women's Olympic team to Gold, she became my 2nd most admired Coach in the Country-Men or Women's!!
I am very saddened to learn of Coach Yow's passing, I know that she is leaving a big hole in the heart's of many. May those holes be filled with the memory of this lovely lady... She was one of the few people who get a lot of media attention whom I admire greatly.
God Speed to your soul Coach and may those you left behing be inspired by your well lived life, to aspire to greatness.
January 26, 2009
COACH YOW--YOU WERE AN OUTSTANDING COACH AND YOU THRILLED THE TENNEY FAMILY WITH ALL THE NCS GAMES WE WATCHED WHILE YOU WERE A NSU.WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU , GENNETTE TENNEY IS FROM LUCAMA NC. AND GRADUATED FROM ECU WHAT A GREAT LOST BUT YOU ARE IN HEAVEN TODAY...
January 26, 2009
There are not many people on this planet like Coach Yow. She was and will remain an angel sent from heaven to inspire thousands. Her character was flawless and as a young girl her strength inspired me to never give up. My heart was truly broken when I read the news that she passed but I truly believe she is in God's hands. We can all learn from the life she lived and are all better people from having known her.
January 26, 2009
My deepest sypathy to all of the Yow family. Kay meant so much to Women's Basketball, helping to bring it to the forefront and make it a popular spectator sport. But her greatest contribution to the human race was the courage she inspired in so many as she battled cancer. As I battle colorectal cancer now Kay and her memory are such inspirations to me.
January 26, 2009
I'm truly sorry for your loss and may it help your family to know Kay was thought so highly of and respected by so many. The people and especially young people she touched and influenced alone is such an accomplishment, but to give so much to her beloved NCSU is huge too. She is in a far better place but will be missed here by so many. I know God blessed her with many good years and now she is in heaven where everything is glorious forever.
January 26, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We knew Kay when she was the Basketball Coach at Elon. What a fantastic job she did there too. We know all her players now and former will miss her as will all her colleagues, family and friends. She has been such an inspiration to so many. The Women's Basketball world has lost a tremendous leader and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gary and L. J. Overfelt, Elon Graduates
January 26, 2009
Kay, they don't make 'em like you any more. Thanks for the many gifts you gave to women's sports and the young ladies you coached over the years. Your fighting spirit lives on.
January 26, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
January 26, 2009
What an inspirational person. Coach Yow fought hard and strong and she has completed her course. She is coaching now on her Savior's team and enjoying every minute of it! To those she left behind, may you be comforted by the many memories that you have of her.
January 26, 2009
Coach Yow fought a hard, tough fight. I am truly inspired by her willingness to Never Give Up!!! Eventhough I am a Tarheel fan, I have become a Kay Yow fan for life. She will be greatly missed.
January 26, 2009
January 26, 2009
Coach Yow represented N. C. State University with dignity, grace, and emotion. Her attitudes influenced many who played for her as well as those like myself who watched her teams play. I didn't personally know her, but feel as if I have lost a true friend. May God take her in his arms and continue to bless her.
January 26, 2009
Kay Yow's earthly loss is heaven's gain! May God bless her lovely soul!
January 26, 2009
Coach Yow:

You were an inspiration to us all. God Rest your beautiful soul and may we all live our lives by the fine example you set.
January 26, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
January 26, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009
http://www.ruthann1.com

January 26, 2009
To God Be the Glory for Your Life and the way in which your served Him as you brought glory to His name. We wished you had a mulligan!!
January 26, 2009
I have just started watching women's basketball. In this short time Kay Yow and women's basket ball has left a mark on me that I will never, ever forget.
Thank you coach Yow
January 26, 2009
I never had a chance to meet this fantastic lady but I kept up reading about her and her courage fighting cancer. She gave and continues to give those of us facing big diseases with no cure....hope...Thank you Coach Yow. You'll remain in more hearts than you can ever imagine....Your inspiration will always live on. You are in a beautiful place now with Jesus, where you will always be young, pain free, and happy. That will be the peace that your loved ones will have to see them through the loss of your beautiful smile.

Sincerely T~ Johnston County~NC
January 25, 2009
I AM A CAROLINA FAN WHO LOVED
JIMMY V AND KAY YOW. THEY WERE BOTH GREAT COACHES AND INSPIRATIONAL ICONS. I'M SURE THEIR MEMORIES WILL HELP FIND A CURE FOR CANCER. MY PRAYERS ARE W/ KAY'S FAMILY,FRIENDS, & THE WOLFPACK NATION.
January 25, 2009
I became a Kay Yow fan the minute I went to my first women's game at Reynold's. What an amazing woman! To possess the love of the game, love of her team, and the love of her Wolfpack fans spoke volumes about her. While we all hurt for her once the cancer got worse, she never showed that side. To be so sick yet so positive and uplifting was a testiment to her faith and the woman she was. While you are in a much better place now, know that the world will miss you.
January 25, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
January 25, 2009
Kay Yow...a person who lived life to the fullest and set a positive example for all of us to follow. God Bless You.
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow will certainly have jewels in her crown - for the way she led by
example, for the way she cared about people, but mainly because of her faith in God and the sharing of that faith. As a Christian who happens to be a mammographer, I am always saddened to hear of losses to breast cancer. But the loss
is made easier knowing where she is
now, and Who she's with!
January 25, 2009
kay yow was a great coach and will be missed
January 25, 2009
NC state bird: cardinal
NC state tree: long leaf pine
NC state shell: scotch bonnett
NC state song: The Old North State
NC state Coach: Kay Yow
Peace and comfort dear girl - you have earned your time out! God Bless!
January 25, 2009
I was a freshman at State the same year Coach Yow made her debut, 1975. I was an all conference, all tournament player at a tinay 2A school. I toyed with the idea of trying out for NCSU's womens basketball team. The first day of try outs, I realized I was way in over my head. The talent in that gym was outstanding. Still, I hated the idea of just not showing up the next day. I walked into Coach Yows office which was in the dark corners of Reynolds Coliseum back then. She did not know me from Adam yet she was gracious in accepting my apology for not continuing. She represents all that is good and right with women's sports. I admire her bravery in the face of a terrible adversity. We have all suffered a great loss in our community of education and sports.
God Bless the Yow family.
Peace be with you,
Darlene H. Rappa NCSU '79
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow treated everyone she came into contact with grace and respect. When my sister was recruited to play for State, Coach Yow graciously took us on a tour of the campus and asked what my sister wanted to accomplish in her career. At the end of the meeting, she hugged each one of my family members and wished us the best. Even though my sister didn't decide to play for State, I will never forget Coach Yow's hospitality and genuine care for her. So I wanted to wish Coach Yow's players and extended family peace and the will to fight on through the rest of the season. Only you know how truly lucky you are to have had Kay Yow as a mentor.
January 25, 2009
Paul states in Heb. 12:1b, “…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” and run she did, not only with perseverance but also with the utmost of humility, integrity, genuineness, generosity and unselfishness. Those of us who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Kay Yow know that everything written or said about her over the years is absolutely true – I can add nothing new. I sincerely count it an honor and blessing to call her my teacher and coach (from my Elon days), a treasured, life-long friend and most importantly, a sister-in-Christ. I have many fond memories of her as my coach and all that she taught me. Her devotion to her Lord, her family and friends, her players both past and present and the causes she supported, was exemplary! She was put on this earth to glorify God – and glorify Him she did through the use of her abilities and talents in teaching others about life. She valiantly accepted her illness, using it not as a crutch to get pity, but as an instrument to teach others about courage, perseverance and her faith in Christ as her personal Savior. The Apostle Paul’s words are now her words: “…the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”(2 Tim 4:7)
Well done Kay Yow, you have been a good and faithful servant. I am sure God is very pleased in you.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Debbie, Susan, and Ronnie and their families, in addition to her coaches, players and NCSU co-workers. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Also, may warm memories be a comfort to all who knew Kay.
January 25, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
January 25, 2009
Kay Wow was truly an inspiration to so many. When I did an oil painting of the "William Neal Reynolds Coliseum" in 2002, I thought of Kay Yow. February 2006, I gave Coach Kay Yow a Giclee Artist Proof Giclee of the painting. Unfortunately, I did not meet here when I took the Giclee to her office at Reynolds Coliseum. Allthough Coach Kay Yow was a very busy women, she took time out shortly afterwards to send me a Thank You Card for the Giclee. I am sure that she will be missed by all of the current and previous NC State Basketball girrls, family, friends and fans!
January 25, 2009
The Broken Chain
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We Little Knew That Morning That
God Was Going To Call Your Name.
In Life We Loved You Dearly In Death
We Do The Same. It Broke Our Hearts To Lose You You Did Not Go
Alone For Part Of Us Went With You
The Day God Called You Home. You
Left Us Peaceful Memories Your Love
Is Still Our Guide And Though We
Cannot See You You Are Always At
Our Side. Our Family Chain Is Broken
And Nothing Seems The Same But As
God Calls Us One By One The Chain
Will Link Again.
January 25, 2009
We will always cherish the time that we spent working with you and the Wolfpack women over the last 34 years. we love you and will miss you .
Love
Bob and Jan Ferrone
January 25, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 25, 2009
Loved to watch your teams play. May you rest in peace.
January 25, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with her whole Wolfpack family as well as the Yow family.

I will miss you, Coach !!!!!
January 25, 2009
From a devoted Tar Heel fan whose husband is a 71 State alumni, you & Jimmy V are the 2 best things about NC State. The courage of both of you as you fought the dreaded cancer were an inspiration to so many. Give him a hug for me when you see him in Heaven. Thanks for such a great ride not only in basketball, but by showing us how to live our lives with courage & compassion for our fellow man (Woman). You are amazing!!!! We'll never forget you./
January 25, 2009
Kay Yow was a wonderful coach! I watched her many times. She will surely be missed in N.C. May God continue to bless her family and keep them safe in his hands.
January 25, 2009
Just like Jimmy V, you never gave up. God bless you.
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow was so nice to our son Marty, who has Down Syndrome, when she named him "Guest Coach" at one of the NC State women's games. She took him to the locker room preceding the game and introduced him to the team and during half time introduced him to the crowd. On another occassion she played golf with him and gave him much encouragement.
We are very grateful to her for these acts of kindness toward Marty. It shows, once again, what a caring and compassionate lady she was.
January 25, 2009
To Kay's family we extend our sympathy. She lived her life in a manner that inspired many and was an example of courage and heart for all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dan, Mary and Sunra
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow left such an impression on so many of us. She led by example and lived her life to the fullest. I simply want to say thank you to her for making a difference in all of our lives. Her players are the lucky ones...they got to experience 4 years of this lady's incredible passion for life and the game of basketball. They get to keep those memories forever and in turn, pass them on to the people in their lives. What is wonderful is that so many of them will go on to be coaches and the legend will live on.

Thanks again Coach. You left a footprint on my heart. I know I speak for many.
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow, you were an inspiration to young people. My daughter went to your basketball camp and was amazed by your words of wisdom and encouragement. You were a role model for her. I heard you speak that day and knew that those words were true and that you had inspired not only my daughter but the other young ladies. Thanks for being a positive role model and an inspiration to all.
January 25, 2009
My daughter, who is 9, plays in a basketball league. As we were making our way home from the game this past Saturday (1/24), she told me that when she grew up, she wanted to be a professional basketball player. After hearing of Coach Yow's death, it came to my mind that my daughter, who will never know Coach Yow nor appreciate all she has done for the Wolfpack and larger still, women's athletics, nonetheless is able to dream such dreams due, in part, to the tireless work and giving of self of Coach Yow. Thank you, Coach. I'm sure my Master and yours has already told you "Well done, thy faithful servant". My family's prayers are with you and your family and the dreams of thousands of little girls thank you.
January 25, 2009
There comes a point in your life when you realize:
who matters,
who never did,
who won't anymore...
and who always will...(author unkwn)
No doubt that Kay will live in the memories of all who knew her.

Thank you for the memories Kay and may God comfort all those who had the pleasure to know you.
January 25, 2009
I only met Coach Yow once, at a party welcoming Coach Glance to the team. I asked Kay about the time that Bill Jordan called her in the Charlotte hotel where she was staying during the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. He called her and posed as a worker at Reynolds Coliseum and told her that she had the ONLY master key to the arena and that no one could get in. She then went on to tell the whole story to everyone and she laughed as hard as everyone about how he had "gotten" her!

Like everyone says, she was so down to earth, she was just like everyone else. She never, ever, acted like she was any more important than anyone else there.

I felt honored to get to meet the wonderful woman that I had known of as a wonderful coach since I was a kid in Michigan. Her reputation preceeded her everywhere. I think that Webster's Dictionary should add her name to the definitions of the words; "CLASS", and "INTEGRITY".

My thoughts and heart go out to all those who've been Coach Kay Yow's "family" throughout her life. True, she's in a better place, but we will all miss her presence and it's affect on us in this world. God really does take the best! We should all try to live our lives just a little like she lived hers! :)

Sincerely,
Kathy - Efland, NC
January 25, 2009
As a breast cancer survivor myself I can relate to what Kay Yow went through. I'm glad that she was such a strong person and was such an inspiration to others, especially those young people she worked with. What a special lady she was.
January 25, 2009
I never had the pleasure of meeting Kay Yow, but I can tell that she would have been someone that I would love to have had as a friend. My sincere sympathy to your family. Heaven is sweeter today because of her presence. May God comfort you in the days ahead.
January 25, 2009
To the Yow family, may you all take comfort from the Bible at John 5:28-29. May God hold you Kay in His memory.
January 25, 2009
I didn't know Coach Yow personally,or professionally but I remember her coming all the way to Philadelphia where I grew up to recruit Linda "hawkeye" Page, A Philadelphia basketball legend. I remember thinking that must be a special person to come all the way to Philadelphia and convince her parents to let Linda come to Raleigh, NC. Rest easy, and thank you. May we all learn something from the wonderful life you lived.
January 25, 2009
dear coach yow
you were great coach
for the girls basketball team
nc will miss you
January 25, 2009
I pray for the family of Kay Yow. She was an inspirtation for many who have battled cancer and to those like myself who have lost ones to cancer she was a strength. My prayers go to her family, her team and her friends. May she now rest in peace in Jesus
January 25, 2009
January 25, 2009
Your mother and I grew up together so I have followed your career thru the years. Your family has always been in my prayers and thoughts.
January 25, 2009
Thank you for being such a strong role model for women everywhere. You will be sorely missed. You fought the good fight. May you rest in peace.
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow was truly a inspiration on and off the court. She fault her cancer with more determination and courage than anyone I ever saw. Kay will truly be missed and remembered for for not only the lives she touch on the basketball court, but the lives of the people she touched off the court as well. In her final days, Kay truly did what Jimmy V said always do, "Don't give up... don't ever give up!" "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
Phillipians 4:13
January 25, 2009
I saw her story on the NBC Nightly News; she must have been a wonderful lady. Deepest Sympathy to her family and extended family.
January 25, 2009
Rest in Peace Coach Yow...though you never coached me personally, you did coach me. You exemplified what coaching should be about. Your legacy has only begun. You not only changed women’s basketball…you helped to change women’s sports! There will be so many women thankful for generations to come for the opportunity girls are now provided in athletics. And a majority of that thanks goes out to you…I thank you…and it has been an honor to watch you coach over the years. Be looking for me in the future, I sure would like to play a pick up game of hoops with you…
January 25, 2009
North Carolina has lost an ambassador for Women's Basketball. She and others have made it possible for women across the state and country to play and coach basketball at all levels. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time, especially your Wolfpack family. May you find comfort in knowing that Coach will always be with you on the sideline.
January 25, 2009
What a blessing to have a citizen like coach Yow. Thanks alot God for people like her.
January 25, 2009
Kay Yow will be remembered as an inspiration to my daughter, Brie, who attended many of her summer basketball camps and served as a Ball Girl for her teams. We had the pleasure of attending the End of Season Banquets; her speeches were enlightening and humorous. We are deeply saddened by her death, but know she will be remembered as a truly remarkable woman.
God Bless the Yow family.
January 25, 2009
Thank you Coach for all you gave us. You have shown us how to stand in the face of adversity and keep moving forward. You are a Champion!!
January 25, 2009
I played softball against Kay when she pitched for the Ruby-Otts. My position was 1st base for Kings College and moved on to play for other teams. She was a great leader for that team and kept diverse players with a great deal of talent on track. We all thought she would move on to greatness at State and inspire many more talented people in all walks of life. It was wonderful to follow her life over the years.
Best regards,
Jennifer L. Price
jlp9350.@aol.com
January 25, 2009
She was such an inspiration. We are all better for having known her. She really made a difference in this world. Rest in peace coach.
January 25, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. She will be remembered and not forgotten.
January 25, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
January 25, 2009
Coach Yow gives dignity and respect to the career of coaching. She will be missed. There is a brighter star in the universe now.
January 25, 2009
January 25, 2009
I am a Wolfpack fan and also a breast cancer survivor. She fought the beast with courage, determination, but most of all with extreme grace. She gave us all hope and strength. I will truly miss her.
January 25, 2009
The game is over...the band plays, the team sways. Wolfpack fans stand proud, win or lose. And we wait, we don't file out the exits and run to our cars, we wait. We wait for Coach Yow to take the microphone and thank her team and her staff. She thanks the other team and their fans. She thanks the band, the cheerleaders, and dance team. We wait until she thanks us, the fans. She tells us we are her "Sixth Man" and she makes us so proud to be a part of something so great!
Kay! We will always be your "Sixth Man"
January 25, 2009
Kay Yow was a REAL person-- a REAL GOOD person. Heaven was missing an angel-- until Kay got there.
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January 25, 2009
May the blessing of light be upon
you.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you.

And may the blessing of the rain be
upon you – the soft sweet rain.

May it fall upon your spirit so that the
little flowers may spring up and shed
their sweetness in the air.

And may the blessing of the great
rains be on you.

May they beat upon your spirit and
wash it fair and clean and leave there
many a shining pool where the blue
heaven shines reflected in sometimes
a star.

May the blessing of the earth be
upon you.

May the earth rest easy over you
when at last you lie out under it.

May it rest so lightly over you that
your soul may be quickly through it
and on its way to God.
January 25, 2009
kay yow was a great coach and she will be missed
January 25, 2009
Kay was a class act, and her courage extended far beyond the game of basketball.
January 25, 2009
The Wolfpack Family has lost a special person this weekend. Coach Yow was one of those few people you meet in life that you will never forget, a person who brings about a change in your outlook on life. Her positive attitude and never give up fight were just two of the things that drew people to her. I worked her summer camps for 13 years and I have never seen a person genuinely more interested in seeing young people grow more that coach Yow. I am so fortunate to had the opportunity to cross paths with her during my life as she has touched my life like perhaps no one else could.
January 25, 2009
What a wonderful lady Kay Yow was what a loss our world has sustained today. I sit in tears most the day, watching news on her, such an inspiration to all. I have always been a Wolfpack fan, and was lucky enough to attend for 2 years in high school her basketball camps, where she not only taught us more on basketball, but more importantly life. Her faith was evident and she walked the walk. Later whenever I'd see her at Wolfpack games or at Sting games, she would always smile and say hello. She touched my life, I'll always love her, what a lady. At least she's not suffering any more and I'm sure is walking the streets of gold. God Bless her family..
January 25, 2009
Thanks for a great example.
January 25, 2009
Rest in peace Kay. You have and will continue to be an inspiration to all. What a remarkable legacy you have left behind and an example to follow for all of us.

My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to your family & friends during this difficult time.
January 25, 2009
My GOD be with you and your family during this rough time. Death is just a part of life. You lived your life the way people can only imagine to live theirs. Your strenght and courage in tough time has helped so many people. You have toched so many lives and left a true legacy. The reason for living is to leave this earth better than it was before and you did just that. For years to come, everyone, people not yet born, will know that "Kay Yow was here" Thank you Kay for being you. GOD Bless.... You will never, ever be forgotten...

Missy
January 25, 2009
I never met you, but knowing of you inspired me to take the road less traveled, to never give up, to pursue my dreams, to take on the tough challenges and to never feel sorry for myself. God Bless You Kay – you have made me a better man.
January 25, 2009
rest in peace coach. god blessed you. you will be in my prayers.
January 25, 2009
To Kay and her family.... It was one of the great honors of my life to get to know you. Both my wife Linda and I were thrilled to host you when you came to Salt Lake City a few years back to receive the John & Nellie Wooden Award for Woman College Coach of the Year. It was a beautiful spring day and I know you had fun as we showed you around Temple Square and had lunch with you at Market Street Grille. What a delight it was to hear about your family, players, coaching friends and your faith in God. Thank you for your kind emails over the years and return notes. We have thought of you often and have been worried about your health... and now you have left us. You have taught us all how to live better lives and pershaps have shown us how to leave this life...with faith, hope and courage. We know we will see you again at another time... and another season. We will miss you and always remember you.

Bill Freeze & Family
January 25, 2009
We salute you, Coach. Godspeed to an incredible woman.
January 24, 2009
you will be missed coach , one day they will find a cure for this disease . god bless
January 24, 2009
Time 12:50pm
For Coach Kay Yow...

In my time in Philly there have been moments that have left me speechless. Sitting VIP watching Jill Scott rock the house to unexpectedly seeing Venus Williams on a Sunday shopping trip to Steve and Barry’s, none of these encounters matched the euphoria I felt after seeing Coach Kay Yow at the Temple match-up in the Liacouras Center. For those of you who don’t know your history or just live outside of the Tar Heel state, Coach Yow is a legend. She has been at the helm of the Lady Wolfpack for 33 years and has garnered over 700 wins and secured a place in the women’s basketball hall of fame.

I have admired her since I attended the Kay Yow basketball camp as a star struck seventh grader. I remembered the fire in her eyes and the careful attention she gave us campers, although we were far from recruiting age or skill. She ran up the court with zest and wasn’t afraid to scold one of us for committing a fallacy that she detested — giving up. Today that feeling came back. It is moments like this that I wish I had the descriptive writing finesse of Post columnist Dana Milbank. Hopeful my own words will due justice.

Coach Yow stood courtside in black and red Nike Presto-style sneakers with Velcro straps gripped tight over black socks. Her hair, a winter white with grey streaks, was cut closer than her trademark short and coiffed do. She wore her customary game day attire: blazer, turtleneck sweater, and black slacks with a small pink ribbon pin on her lapel. The fire in her eyes still blazed when her team ran a play to the ‘t’ and she was still quick to jump in the face of any player or unsuspecting referee. She looked like the Kay Yow I remembered from so long ago. That alone was breathtaking.

The last time saw I Coach Yow in-person she could hardly get to the hardwood on the court and she leaned on her assistants to get in her seat in the coaches’ box. Her hair was cut so close it resembled an army buzz. She struggled to elevate her voice past a whisper to tell her point guard to keep fighting after getting knocked to the ground. No fire.

This Coach Yow was fighting her own battle, against breast cancer. When she announced to the public of her diagnosis last November many in the Triangle immediately thought of Jimmy V (goggle him, if you dare not know his name). And though Coach Yow has always been a fighter, whether from the battlegrounds of Reynolds Coliseum or leading the U.S. women’s team to Olympic gold in Korea, it looked to many that she may have met her match. Rivalry lines are drawn deep in ACC turf but we were all rooting for Coach Yow. In the spirit of Jimmy V, Coach Yow “never gave up.” She underwent intense chemo by day and made sure to be in her seat by night to help her players fight against the opposing team. She was amazing.

The courage and endurance she displayed last season ignited her team — the perennial underdogs of the ACC prior to last season — who shocked everyone in college basketball by making it to the Elite Eight while knocking off top contenders like Carolina and Baylor. For them, just a flicker of Coach Yow’s fire was enough to make history. Well, today I am proud and misty eyed to report: the fire is back.

She shuffled up and down the court with ease, argued with refs, and gave insolent players a stare that could break down any stoic. Her assistants, still there to handle some of the yelling in order to be heard over the temple pep band, assumed their positions in the back seat and let Coach Yow steer the Wolfpack to an amazing, nail biting win over an impressive Owls team.

As I waited my turn to snap a picture with Coach Yow I felt like that nervous seventh grader while fidgeting with my camera strap. I stood close and heard her tell a former player whom she coached during her years at Elon College that earlier in the week she had her rounds of chemo and the night before she’d taken some medicine so she would be able to travel with the team.

My eyes twinkled when I looked at our picture together as I walked slowly out of the stadium. I looked out at the bustling streets of a city that I have been reluctant to call home and thanked Coach Yow for giving me the fire to fight my own battles.
-Sunday, December 2, 2007

* Coach Kay Yow
(March 14, 1942–January 24, 2009)
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow exemplified what being a champion in life and NOT just on the court was all about. Her life, guided as it was by an undying faith in God, inspires all of us. As an alumnus of NC State in the early 80s, and as one who got to know and respect Kay Yow, I can only wish her family, friends and team my condolences. I know she and Coach V are in heaven now, rooting for their beloved Wolfpack!
January 24, 2009
What a remarkable woman in more ways than one, who loved the Lord. She was a rare gem of a person.
January 24, 2009
"CLASS" YOU WILL BE MISSED
January 24, 2009
What a wonderful woman of courage and faith! God blessed us all with the life of Kay Yow. May her family and those that knew her best be comforted and held close by THE COMFORTER, our Heavenly Father!
January 24, 2009
God be with this brave lady's family. Rest in peace coach.
January 24, 2009
You fought a good game right to the end. Now you and Coach V are really having a time with the angel teams in heaven. RIP dear lady for you will be missed in so many ways.
Life Long Wolfpack Fan
January 24, 2009
A coaching pioneer and a true jewel of a woman. May we all learn from her humility and graciousness both off and on the court.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was certainly an ispiration to all. To achieve all that she did will forever be remembered by so many. This world as we know it has lost a great person, heaven has gained a wonderful person. May she rest in peace and the rest of us hopefully have learned a few good lessons......never give up and give it all you got! Way to go Kay. You will be missed.
January 24, 2009
REST IN PEACE KAY YOW
January 24, 2009
I remember as a child seeing Coach Kay Yow on TV coaching HER girls, obviously they were hers, and obviously she believed in them and in herself. I can only imagine the young women who are now leaders in our community for having worked under her kindness and strength and leadership. God Bless you for honoring your mission here which you did through basketball. The day I saw you, I knew my life was changed forever, that women could be leaders and women could win.
January 24, 2009
An incredible coach. An incredible human being. Every life - player or otherwise - that Coach Yow ever touched was instantly changed for the better. We should all be so lucky to have known her ...
January 24, 2009
Without a doubt Coach V was standing with open arms to welcome her into Heaven.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow was not only an inspiration to her team and students, but a beacon of hope and tower of strength to all breast cancer survivors. She is no longer in pain and finished the game with dignity and grace. God bless her and her family.
January 24, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 24, 2009
You will be remembered.
January 24, 2009
I am a 1995 graduate of NC State and I was very saddened to learn of Coach Yow's death this morning. She was a woman of strong christian faith and is no doubt in a better place. You will be missed Coach Yow. Thank you for all you have done for women's athletics and especially what you meant to the NC State family. God Bless
January 24, 2009
Although we didn't know Kay personally, everyone who heard her story felt like they knew her. We are blessed to have Susan in our lives, and are proud of the legacy of both of these amazing sisters and coaches. We will be praying for your family as you celebrate Kay's homecoming, but grieve the time span before you see her again. We pray that God will give you the strength to endure that which we cannot understand.

With love,
January 24, 2009
Gone Home to the Lord, a remarkable woman from a unique family. Coach Yow was someone who knew how to live through both victory and defeat, because she knew her mission on earth involved more than basketball. All of us who dealt with her in any way are better for the experience.
January 24, 2009
What an inspiration to all of us. It always made me feel great to know she came from Gibsonville. During my wifes bout with cancer Coach Yow was an inspiration to us both. It has been an honor just to say you knew where she grew up and that she was one of the greatest coaches in the ACC
January 24, 2009
Coach, You played a great game.
We will miss you.
January 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who ever came in contact with Coach Yow. To Susan and Debbie I pray you will look to the Lord for strength as Kay surely did. Coach Yow is finally home without pain in heaven. I truly appreciate the 4 years of playing ball for her at Elon College because she touched my life forever. Thanks and may we all try to carry on her legacy. Timberlake
January 24, 2009
What a wonderful lady!!! As an NC State graduate and a Gibsonville resident, I am so honored to be associated with such an admirable person, coach, and teacher. When my daughter, who is now in her 1st year at NC State, was in 5th grade, she wrote to Kay Yow to get information to use for a speech about the person she most looked up to. Even though she was in the middle of basketball season, she took the time to write Meagan and send her information about herself and her accomplishments. She was most proud of her accomplishments off the court, most pertaining to cancer awareness and research, and her faith in God. That is what my daughter based her speech on. God bless you Kay. We will miss you dearly.
January 24, 2009
WE ALL LOVED YOU COACH, BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE A TEAM OF ANGLES TO PRACTICE, THE HARDWOODS OF EARTH IS NOT MUCH MORE THAN A THRITY-SECOND TIME OUT. NOW IN HEAVEN YOU CAN RELAX , SING, AND PLAY BASKETBALL WITHOUT PAIN OR WORRY. SOON ENOUGH I HOPE TO BE THERE IN MY SPOT WATCHING THE GAMES THAT ANGLES PLAY!
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow, we all will miss you. May you rest in PEACE with GOD.
January 24, 2009
When God made Coach Yow, He broke the casting mold. She had a way of making people fill special even if she didnt know them. A few years ago, I was visiting NC State and wanted to see Reynolds. As my brother-in-law and I were walking back to our car, Coach Yow was walking to hers. She just said hi and got in her car. My brother-in-law asked if I knew who that was and I said no. He said "that was Kay Yow the women's coach". She took time out of her day to say hi to us and I am grateful that she did. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She was a "good and faithful servant".
January 24, 2009
As a reporter for Technician, I remember greeting Coach Yow at Raleigh-Durham airport , returning home as a gold medal winner from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. It was cold, late and Coach, I am sure, was extremely tired. Yet, she answered every question I had that night. And Coach was always like that – making time for everyone. And that is lesson I learned from her – make time for everyone, no matter how big or small. She invited us to practice, banquets – even asking what we thought of the team as if a 20 year-old could know more than a Hall of Fame coach. The world is a better place because of Kay Yow and all those she touched. We'll miss you Coach.

As a reporter for Technician, I remember greeting Coach Yow at Raleigh-Durham airport when she was returning from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as a gold medal winner. It was cold and late and Coach, I am sure, was extremely tired. Yet she answered every question I had that night. And Coach was always like that – making time for everyone. That is lesson I learned from her – make time for everyone, no matter how big or small. She invited my best friend and I to practice and to team banquets and she even asked what we thought of the team -- as if two college students could know more than a Hall of Fame coach. The world is a better place because of Kay Yow and all those she touched. We'll miss you Coach.
January 24, 2009
I had the privilege of learning from Coach Yow before she became famous. I attended a Girl's Basketball camp every summer from 1969-1972 at Greensboro College.
When we divided up to play games, everyone always wanted to be on her team. She was always positive and was a wonderful motivator. More importantly, she was a great role model as a person. I have admired her ever since. She will be greatly missed!
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was this amazing person and touch everyone who watched her coach. she has everyone going and going and never gave up on anything. we keep her thoughts and prayers in are hearts. she will follow you where ever you go. In loving memory March 14 1942 to Januray 24 2009
January 24, 2009
COACH YOW, GOOD HAS YOUR BACK YOUR WORRIES ARE OVER! YOU WERE A TERRIFIC COACH! I ENJOYED ATTENING YOUR SUMMER CAMPS YOU TAUGHT ME SO MUCH, AND I ACCOMPLISHED ALOT THUS FAR. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS YOU ARE A VERY INSPIRING WOMAN.
January 24, 2009
You were a wonderful coach and inspired so many athletes.
Rest in peace Our prayers and deepest sympathy to your family and all the wonderful athletes who now mourn your loss.
Sincerely
John and Debbi Roelandts
Oconomowoc Wisconsin
January 24, 2009
God truly is bringing one of His own back home. This woman truly walked by faith and not by sight. If she could do what she did for so long in spite of health issues, we have no excuse whatsoever to strive and be the best we can be whatever we desire to do. May GOD continue to smile on the Lady Wolfpack past, present, and future. As well as the Yow family
January 24, 2009
You fought a courageous fight. May you now rest in peace. God Bless you and your family.
January 24, 2009
Mrs Yow was a wonderfull lady I have been a fan of N.C.S.U sports since 1983 she was a dedicated coach that had a Mother's Heart she laugh with her team as well as cryed she also was a Great Insperation and Encourager to all that was around her Mrs (Coach) Yow we will all miss you and to the Yow family my sympathy is with you all May the Piece of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you in your time of need
January 24, 2009
What a gift Kay Yow has been to all of us! The world is a better place having known and watched her over her career. May we learn from her and be a better role model for human kind.
January 24, 2009
I first had the priviledge of seeing Coach Yow while she was at Elon. Our HS coach took us to watch a exhibition game between Elon and the Russian women's team. I don't remember now who won but, the center for the USSR was about 7 feet tall! Even then you could see her passion for the game. I was so happy when she came to NCSU and I will cherish every game I saw at Reynold's. From day one, you could see the fire, the drive, and the absolute love she had for the game and she still had that passion until the end. When I first heard that she was hospitilized I had a pit in my stomach knowing that the end could be near. Then, Jeanne Peck passed away this week and I only could fear the worst. Your fight may be over but your grace and dignity on and off the court will remain.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow was a role model for all people. She was a true winner and an unselfish coach. Aother angel for God. She will be truly missed by everyone who loves the game of basketball or not. We are deeply sorry for the family.
Brenda and Paul Poole
January 24, 2009
We will miss this wonderful lady! She was an inspiration to us all, I know she touched my life! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, all of her basketball team and staff.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was a tireless teacher. She taught my daughter at several camps. It was a treat to watch her work with young people. She was always courteous, demanding and caring. The prayers of our family go out to Ronnie, Debbie and Susan.
January 24, 2009
I can't even express what a loss the world has suffered today with the loss of Kay Yow.

God blesses us each day with the presence of people like Kay in our lives - whether we knew her personally, admired her professionally or simply were inspired by the way she handled her life, her career and her passion......... we all stood to benefit and learn from Kay Yow and her too-short life here on earth.

I, as a coach, learned a great many things from Kay - not about the x's and o's of sports - but what coaching is TRULY about, and how the higher meaning of coaching our youth is about what we give back to them that somewhere, somehow along the way makes a positive difference in each and every life we touch.

I, as a person, learned a great many things from Kay - but most of all how we each have our talents that we have been blessed with, and that we should all use those talents to the best of our ability with a positive attitude to leave this world a better place than when we entered it.

The cancer sweep of NC State's finest is complete.

Maybe NCSU can now get back to the business of basketball without so much pain.

Rest in Peace, Kay. May God Bless you and your family. May God bless us all to rid the world of this disease that robbed us of you. lkp
January 24, 2009
To the Yow Family,

I'm writing to extend my deepest condolences, thoughts, prayers and support on the loss of NC State Women's head basketball coach Kay Yow. She touched my life and the lives of so many others more than words can express and thoughts can say but she had a passion for life and the game of basketball like no one else alive. She loved everyone who she came in contact with and meant that much to so many as well. May the lord be with each and everyone of you at this time.

Sincerely,

Trey Marabella
January 24, 2009
I grew up with Kay Yow in the small town of Gibsonville. I always knew her as someone to admire, the big sister of Debbie, Susan and Ronnie, the oldest child of Hilton and Lib Yow. Our town and the world is a better place because of her grace and compassion for others - even in her own time of need. My love and prayers to the Yow family.
January 24, 2009
God Bless Kay Yow and her friends and family and to all those she touched. I pray for her friends and family to find comfort and to rest assured that Kay is now at peace and at rest!
January 24, 2009
Mrs. Yow is a true inspiration to not just our young people but to all people. She has touched all walks of life including myself. She will definitely be missed.
January 24, 2009
Dear MS. Kay, Your legacy will be always remember of your 'NEVER GIVE UP'; Say hello to Jimmy for us, and for all your family, friends, etc... we will MISS YOU, BUT YOUR SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON IN US... THAT TREASURED YOU AND YOUR INSPIRATON......YOU GAVE YOUR BEST AND SO YOUR REWARDS BEGINS NOW.... THOU GOESTH...... AND RIP........
JUST A FAN..... THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
January 24, 2009
What a fantastic lady-both on and off the court. Everyone in Carolina knows of her. She will be an inspiration to women, to basketball players, and to all people for a long time to come. May she rest in peace with the Lord.
January 24, 2009
From our family to yours our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will always remember you Kay Yow, as the best Ladies Basket Ball Coach in the World. You will certainly be missed from the sidelines! God Speed Kay THANKS FOR THE GREAT BASKET BALL Memories!
January 24, 2009
Kay you were an wonderful role model to any one dealing with breast cancer themselves or in there family. You will be greatly missed. Your DZ sisters like your Wolfpack family will always keep you in our hearts
January 24, 2009
Fantastic lady, person, and competitor. We are losing a treasure. Heaven is gaining a good soul. Rest in Peace, Kay. And from a 'Heels fan: Go Pack, Go!
January 24, 2009
Dear Yow family,

I'm sorry to hear of your lost of Coach Yow. I remember seeing her as she coached Ladies' basketball from when I was a teen-ager until now. I saw a interview last Sunday about her and she looked really good. But it was her faith in the Lord that impressed me the most. I'm glad to know I will see her in heaven later on. I know the Lord has told her, "Well done, good and faithful servant". God bless all of you.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was a great lady and inspiration to all that knew her. She was a neighbor of ours from Gibsonville on Dick street. She was loved by all who knew her.
Donna and Sam hughes
January 24, 2009
I was touched by her obvious compassion for even the youngest of fans...
January 24, 2009
GOD BLESS this wonderful woman and her family.She will be greatly missed.
January 24, 2009
I grew up in Burlington,N.C. and got to meet and get to know Kay when she was at Elon.Then it was know as Elon College,she was a great person and a great coach.I belive that everyone who knew her from Elon knew she would go on to do great things for womens basketball.My heart goes out to her family on their loss.I know she is in a much better place and not in any more pain.N.C. State and anyone who knew Kay has lost a great friend and a great coach.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow was truly a remarkable and wonderful lady and role model for all ages and genders. I remember as a student when the NCAA changed the rules and athletes had to eat meals with the rest of the student body. I had the opportunity to eat many of times in the same dining facility with them and when ever I saw Coach Yow she would speak as if she knew me well. It was never a head nod or a "hey" it was a genuine salutation and maybe a brief conversation. Her southern hospitality and charm always shined!!!
God has taken an angel to a great resting place!!!
January 24, 2009
To the Yow and Wolf Pack families......

WOLF ........ PACK!

She was a class act and will be missed.
January 24, 2009
God Bless and rest this brave and talented woman. She did her best and gave all she had to give to her family , her team and her university. As an NCSU supporter her loss hurts , but we were so lucky to have her.
January 24, 2009
For Coach Yow...

In my time in Philly there have been moments that have left me speechless. Sitting VIP watching Jill Scott rock the house to unexpectedly seeing Venus Williams on a Sunday shopping trip to Steve and Barry’s, none of these encounters matched the euphoria I felt after seeing Coach Kay Yow at the Temple match-up in the Liacouras Center.

I have admired her since I attended the Kay Yow basketball camp as a star struck seventh grader. I remembered the fire in her eyes and the careful attention she gave us campers, although we were far from recruiting age or skill. She ran up the court with zest and wasn’t afraid to scold one of us for committing a fallacy that she detested — giving up. Today that feeling came back.

Coach Yow stood courtside in black and red Nike Presto-style sneakers with Velcro straps gripped tight over black socks. Her hair, a winter white with grey streaks, was cut closer than her trademark short and coiffed do. She wore her customary game day attire: blazer, turtleneck sweater, and black slacks with a small pink ribbon pin on her lapel. The fire in her eyes still blazed when her team ran a play to the ‘t’ and she was still quick to jump in the face of any player or unsuspecting referee. She looked like the Kay Yow I remembered from so long ago. That alone was breathtaking.

The last time saw I Coach Yow in-person she could hardly get to the hardwood on the court and she leaned on her assistants to get in her seat in the coaches’ box. Her hair was cut so close it resembled an army buzz. She struggled to elevate her voice past a whisper to tell her point guard to keep fighting after getting knocked to the ground. No fire.

This Coach Yow was fighting her own battle, against breast cancer. When she announced to the public of her diagnosis last November many in the Triangle immediately thought of Jimmy V. And though Coach Yow has always been a fighter, whether from the battlegrounds of Reynolds Coliseum or leading the U.S. women’s team to Olympic gold in Korea, it looked to many that she may have met her match. Rivalry lines are drawn deep in ACC turf but we were all rooting for Coach Yow. In the spirit of Jimmy V, Coach Yow “never gave up.” She underwent intense chemo by day and made sure to be in her seat by night to help her players fight against the opposing team. She was amazing.

The courage and endurance she displayed last season ignited her team — the perennial underdogs of the ACC prior to last season — who shocked everyone in college basketball by making it to the Elite Eight while knocking off top contenders like Carolina and Baylor. For them, just a flicker of Coach Yow’s fire was enough to make history. Well, today I am proud and misty eyed to report: the fire is back.

She shuffled up and down the court with ease, argued with refs, and gave insolent players a stare that could break down any stoic. Her assistants, still there to handle some of the yelling in order to be heard over the temple pep band, assumed their positions in the back seat and let Coach Yow steer the Wolfpack to an amazing, nail biting win over an impressive Owls team.

As I waited my turn to snap a picture with Coach Yow I felt like that nervous seventh grader while fidgeting with my camera strap.

My eyes twinkled when I looked at our picture together as I walked slowly out of the stadium. I looked out at the bustling streets of a city that I have been reluctant to call home and thanked Coach Yow for giving me the fire to fight my own battles.

- Written Sunday, December 2, 2007
NC State game at Temple
January 24, 2009
For Coach Kay...

In my time in Philly there have been moments that have left me speechless. Sitting VIP watching Jill Scott rock the house to unexpectedly seeing Venus Williams on a Sunday shopping trip to Steve and Barry’s, none of these encounters matched the euphoria I felt after seeing Coach Kay Yow at the Temple match-up in the Liacouras Center.

I have admired her since I attended the Kay Yow basketball camp as a star struck seventh grader. I remembered the fire in her eyes and the careful attention she gave us campers, although we were far from recruiting age or skill. She ran up the court with zest and wasn’t afraid to scold one of us for committing a fallacy that she detested — giving up. Today that feeling came back.

Coach Yow stood courtside in black and red Nike Presto-style sneakers with Velcro straps gripped tight over black socks. Her hair, a winter white with grey streaks, was cut closer than her trademark short and coiffed do. She wore her customary game day attire: blazer, turtleneck sweater, and black slacks with a small pink ribbon pin on her lapel. The fire in her eyes still blazed when her team ran a play to the ‘t’ and she was still quick to jump in the face of any player or unsuspecting referee. She looked like the Kay Yow I remembered from so long ago. That alone was breathtaking.

The last time saw I Coach Yow in-person she could hardly get to the hardwood on the court and she leaned on her assistants to get in her seat in the coaches’ box. Her hair was cut so close it resembled an army buzz. She struggled to elevate her voice past a whisper to tell her point guard to keep fighting after getting knocked to the ground. No fire.

This Coach Yow was fighting her own battle, against breast cancer. When she announced to the public of her diagnosis last November many in the Triangle immediately thought of Jimmy V. And though Coach Yow has always been a fighter, whether from the battlegrounds of Reynolds Coliseum or leading the U.S. women’s team to Olympic gold in Korea, it looked to many that she may have met her match. Rivalry lines are drawn deep in ACC turf but we were all rooting for Coach Yow. In the spirit of Jimmy V, Coach Yow “never gave up.” She underwent intense chemo by day and made sure to be in her seat by night to help her players fight against the opposing team. She was amazing.

The courage and endurance she displayed last season ignited her team — the perennial underdogs of the ACC prior to last season — who shocked everyone in college basketball by making it to the Elite Eight while knocking off top contenders like Carolina and Baylor. For them, just a flicker of Coach Yow’s fire was enough to make history. Well, today I am proud and misty eyed to report: the fire is back.

She shuffled up and down the court with ease, argued with refs, and gave insolent players a stare that could break down any stoic. Her assistants, still there to handle some of the yelling in order to be heard over the temple pep band, assumed their positions in the back seat and let Coach Yow steer the Wolfpack to an amazing, nail biting win over an impressive Owls team.

As I waited my turn to snap a picture with Coach Yow I felt like that nervous seventh grader while fidgeting with my camera strap. I stood close and heard her tell a former player whom she coached during her years at Elon College that earlier in the week she had her rounds of chemo and the night before she’d taken some medicine so she would be able to travel with the team.

My eyes twinkled when I looked at our picture together as I walked slowly out of the stadium. I looked out at the bustling streets of a city that I have been reluctant to call home and thanked Coach Yow for giving me the fire to fight my own battles.

- written Sunday, December 2, 2007
NC State game at Temple
January 24, 2009
May God bless you.
January 24, 2009
It is hard to remember what a pioneer Ms. Yow was. I was still in Raleigh working when she built a women's basketball team from scratch. This was at a time when many states did not have girls interscholastic athletics (NC was an exception) in high school. SC, where I went to HS, only had GAA intermurals. Ms. Yow built a women's team at a time when the idea of women's sports was more controversial than the black faces showing up in men's sports in the early 1970's (thank you Mr. Thompson and Mr. Burden). The very existence of women's sports at NC State is Ms. Yow's greatest and toughest achievement, even with her other impressive career records. Rest in Peace, may the team serve as your greatest memorial.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was a true inspiration to everyone, not just those struggling with cancer. I can only hope to be as good of a person and as dedicated of a teacher as she was.
January 24, 2009
KAy Yow started at NC State when I did as a student. Her life has been my life. George Washington said "Perseverance and Spirit work wonders in all ages." I can't think of a greater example of Perseverance and Spirit than Kay Yow. May she rest in peace in God's loving hands.
January 24, 2009
Farewell, Kay .. your battle is over and the victory won .. you will be greatly missed by all.
January 24, 2009
I would like to extend my condolences to the Yow family and the NC State university for their lost. she is a fighter and a wonderful person. Again my heart goes out to her and her family and the alumni of NCState.
January 24, 2009
I am deeply saddened by your loss.....For your many contributions to the Sport of Women's Basketball, I pray the peace of love of GOD surrounds your family and so many that loved and respected you.... now and always.
January 24, 2009
You will truly be missed, you were truly an inspiration to everyone that came in contact with you. God bless and our prayers are with your family.
January 24, 2009
North Carolina State University, my alma mater, has lost a great person.

She will be missed more than words can describe.

I am tremendously thankful, honored and proud that she has been a very important part of the NC State Wolfpack family.

May God continue to bless and comfort her family.
January 24, 2009
A Duke fan who admired her grace and courage. I'm sure Kay is in Heaven now. A great blessing to all who knew her. Her family is in our thoughts & prayers.
January 24, 2009
kay was a strong woman and she has reminded me of the strong women in my life. to overcome obstacles in life no matter what the cost. I hope all young women including my daughter, C.C. NCSU-2007 will look to these women for strenght. goodbye kay
January 24, 2009
As an alumni of NCSU (1988), I am very proud to say that I have watched her magic at many basketball games and certainly admire her strength and courage during her very long battle! A very good role model for all!
January 24, 2009
What a terrific lady and asset to all who knew and followed her! She will be missed by all of us followed the ACC in any sport, any gender.
January 24, 2009
I was a student at Elon College, now University, when Kay Yow was a teacher/coach there. Because I was a Physical Eduation major, I had her for several classes. Hers were the classes I hardly ever cut, I enjoyed her that much. She brought to teaching the exact same passion that she exhibited throughout her coaching career. She was personable, enthusiastic, and gracious. Several years ago I was in a local restaurant when she came in with her players after a game against UVa. I screwed up enough courage to go up to her and speak. 20+ years and thousands of students later, she still talked with me for several minutes, even though she had no clue who I was. The world has lost a special lady, and this is a sad day.
Sandy Reid
January 24, 2009
I will remember the six years that I was blessed to work with Coach Yow as the most inspring, and impacting of my life. She gave an example of how to live, compete and win, in athletics and in life, that will shine forever.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow defined NC State basketball. As long as I have ever lived in NC, she was the face of women's basketball. It's hard to imagine a basketball season without her. She will truly be missed and will always be remembered for her legacy.
January 24, 2009
I can hardly remember a time when I did not know about Kay Yow. She has been a s/hero to me since I was a girl playing basketball in NC before Title IV. In fact, I attended her very first basketball camp for girls. The year prior I had to attend Norm Sloan's camp, where they had one week with girls there too. I'll never forget that first week at a camp focused on girls, led by women and Kay Yow teaching us about how to be better people. And better basketball players.

I love her. I have loved her all my life. I think it was 1976 when my brother, who was a student at State, had her sign my birthday card. The Young twins and some players signed it too. In fact, Kay Yow and David Thompson are the reasons I am a die-hard Wolfpack fan!

I knew when she missed games that she was really sick. My heart aches and the tears are flowing...here's to Coach Yow. Your presence was truly felt and now will be truly missed.
January 24, 2009
Kay is such an inspiration. As a breast cancer survivor, I look to Kay as a role model. Condolences to family, friends, students, and staff of NCSU.
January 24, 2009
She fought a good fight. She was a very good women, who loved the girls that she coach. The game will not be the same without her cheering and coaching them every step of the way.
January 24, 2009
The game of womens basketball has lost a legend. Kay Yow had one of the strongest impacts on the game both present and past. She will be missed.
January 24, 2009
What a legacy she has left and what an inspiration she has been to us all. God bless her sweet soul in heaven!
January 24, 2009
May heaven welcome her with open arms and may her family, friends, and all the people she's influenced take comfort in her joy and strength. She was a great woman--not just a great coach. We won't forget her.
January 24, 2009
She was very brave and very honorable. She was the very essence of the stength that God gives humanity. Be blessed.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was a true ambassador for NC State and for women's basketball. She was WOLFPACK through and through!! As a parent of a recent graduate of NCSU and as a Wolfpack fan, I will truly miss Kay Yow. May she now be resting in the arms of Jesus.
January 24, 2009
God Bless Kay for all her hard work and determination! And may God Bless Kay's family and friends, and give them added strength during this sad time.
January 24, 2009
Women's basketball has lost one of their greatest. So sorry to hear the news.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow had been a big inspiration to me and my family. She will always be remembered for her time at State and for he tremendous battle she fought. GO WOLFPACK!!!
January 24, 2009
What a wonderful person....may you rest in peace Kay.

Your second cousins, the Hudson girls...Lib, Katie and Louise
January 24, 2009
January 24, 2009
May the Lord bless your friends and family and comfort them in this time. Help them to hold on to your strength and love! Thank you for the impression you've left on my life!
January 24, 2009
I am so sad about hearing of Coach Yow's passing. She was such a wonderful person, and I enjoyed watching her awesome career at NC State. Though I never knew Coach Yow personally, I was fortunate to attend one of her basketball camps, probably 30 years ago. It was a great summer experience for me and I just thought she was such a
respected and smart coach. I know her players are deeply saddened and my prayers are with you as well as her family during this difficult time. May God bless you.
January 24, 2009
Another angel has returned to heaven, but her legacy will live forever through all the little girls who have the opportunity to achieve their dreams \\!!//
January 24, 2009
The Lady from Gibsonville. What a wonderful person. Kay was an example of what coaches are supposed to be. Celebrate her life, she left a wonderful legacy.
January 24, 2009
a giant in women's basketball and sports.
January 24, 2009
Ms. Yow you will be missed as the beacon of hope for all breast cancer surviors, but not forgotten. Everyone will continue the fight and we will be thinking of you along the way.
January 24, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. As a bus driver for Southern Coach she was always friendly and cordial to me. I will miss her kind ways. I always admired her strength and perseverance. May God comfort her family and love ones.
January 24, 2009
Every time I saw Coach Yow on campus, she was always smiling. She smiled at me in the brickyard on one of my first days at State and I knew who she was instantly. Of course, she did not know me and yet, smiled at me all the same as she walked past ......I will never forget her smile. Her courage and perserverance throughout the course of her struggle with cancer is inspiration alone. Her exceptional outlook on life and the love she had for N.C. State will not soon be forgotten.
I can see her and Coach V sharing stories and smiling...once again....
May God Bless her family, friends and her team during this sad time.
January 24, 2009
Anyone who has had the opportunity to know, meet, or hear Coach Yow's story has been blessed. She led by example and will continue to lead through the legacy she left. The world would be a much better place if there were more people in it like Kay Yow! I had the chance to meet Coach Yow during my senior year at NC State and in just a few moments she made a lasting impression on my life--like she has on so many others. I had a meeting scheduled with her that afternoon to discuss where a banner could possibly be hung in Reynolds and somewhere throughout the course of the day things started running a little behind schedule. I had been waiting for roughly an hour for Coach Yow to get to there and then was told it might would be much longer becuase FSN had been waiting in her office for a scheduled interview. So I continued to wait and about 30 minutes later Coach Yow finally walked through the door--smiling and speaking to everyone along the way. Her secretary then left to go brief her of the situation and Coach Yow told her that FSN would have to wait a little longer that she was already late for her appointment with me and didn't want to keep me waiting anymore than I already had been. I then got to go into Reynolds with Coach Yow and speak one-on-one with her and then she took a great picture with me as we finished up. It was then I realized why Coach Yow had been running behind in the first place...she was leading her life by example...that it isn't something we should rush through every day...that we should invest in people and take the time to listen and to care. So she wasn't running behind or late, she was right on schedule! It has always touched me that she took the time to keep that appointment with me even though she had a TV crew waiting on her in her office. I know I am just one of the many, many lives she has touched, but I continue to be thankful for that moment. Coach Kay Yow was the ultimate captain and leader--she made you a better person by simply being there. She is one of the greatest representatives NC State will ever have and makes me proud to be a Wolfpacker! May God Bless Coach Yow's family and friends during this time of loss and know that my prayers are with you. Coach Yow will forever be in the hearts and soul of the Wolfpack and now she gets to watch from the best seat in the house!
January 24, 2009
What an awesome testimony Coach Yow's life has been! I'll never forget how she smuggled Bibles into Russia when that was a dangerous thing to do. Now she can say with the Apostle Paul, "I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The victor's crown of righteousness is now waiting for me, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day..." Surely she has already heard her Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." My prayers are with the team and all those who loved her and whose lives she touched. We Pack Backers will miss her, but she is free from the pain of this world now.
January 24, 2009
Thank you Kay Yow for your hard work and dedication in helping girls enrich their lives and letting them know that you can do anything you set your mind to. My thoughts are with the Yow family in this hard time. God Bless.
January 24, 2009
I have never seen anyone with such courage and determination to battle odds that were stacked against her like coach Yow. We need more people in the world like coach Yow. My condolences to the family and Lady Wolfpack players who were fortunate enough to play for her during the years. Coach Yow will be missed, but NEVER FORGOTTEN.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was a tremendous lady. She is very inspirational to many women. She was a fighter for a long time. The Lord has taken a great lady to coach basketball in heaven. She will be greatly missed. She is loved by so many people. To the family: We are greatly sorry for your loss. You know that Kay was a fighter and NEVER gave up. To the team: No one will ever take her place but whoever does, I'm sure that you'll give them the same respect that you gave to Kay. She will be dearly missed by everyone. Rest in Peace, Kay.
January 24, 2009
May God strengthen the family of Mrs. Yow and NC.State through this time of grief. Her career speaks for itself. You all are in my prayers.
January 24, 2009
I did not know Ms. Yow personally but I am a young coach and respected her character and her success.I had been trying to keep up with her health because my grandmother also battles breast cancer.God Bless Kay Yow!!!
January 24, 2009
Simply a legendary figure in Women's basketball.

What she gave to NC State, the ACC, and the Nation in growing the game can never be duplicated.

Well Done Kay
January 24, 2009
Kay competed like a champion at everything she did...on the basketball court, in her work as a Christian advocate, or against cancer...it didn't matter. She was the most gracious warrior, God ever put on this earth. I had the privilege to be in her presence many times and will always be inspired by those memories. She sowed a lot of happiness in her life. God blessed us all when he put her in our presence.
January 24, 2009
Kay Yow was an extraordinary woman, and an inspiration to us all. May she rest in peace, and may we all continue her fight to find a cure for cancer. Her family, and her players are in our prayers.
January 24, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
January 24, 2009
As a teen playing sports in my rural Eastern NC high school, I kept up the best I could with Kay Yow's teams. This was late 70's and early 80', so there was no Internet and rare TV coverage of women's sports. I did, however, have the good fortune of attending some of NC State's women's basketball games. I really cannot tell you who State was playing or which team won, but I do remember Kay Yow on the sidelines. Her energy and joy of coaching radiated throughout the gym. Coach Yow was one of the reasons I had the opportunity to play sports in high school and college. Her tireless efforts to ensure that women had an opportunity to play and then her decades of hard work to grow women's basketball helped pave the way for generations of women to come. Her presence will be greatly missed. Rest Kay .. you deserve it!
January 24, 2009
I thank the Lord that he was with Kay during her struggle and now provides a place for her in heaven. May God watch over her family during the this time.
January 24, 2009
She fought a good fight and she kept her faith. Our prayers are with her family and the NC State Family.
January 24, 2009
my condolences to the family
January 24, 2009
What an amazing woman! She will be missed.
January 24, 2009
may god bless each of you
January 24, 2009
May you find confort in the hands of the lord. There is no more pain. God bless you for what you have done for womens sports. You will be greatly missed by friends and family. Rest in peace now Coach Yow.
January 24, 2009
RIP Coach Yow
January 24, 2009
Women's basketball has lost an icon and friend. Kay Yow belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of North Carolina coaches, right alongside Dean and K. Carry on in her honor, ladies. A sad day, indeed.
January 24, 2009
Kay gave all she had at everything she did. I could never think of NCSU without thinking of Kay, Rest in Peace.
January 24, 2009
Wolfpack Nation has a heavy heart, but Coach Yow is at peace. Thanks for all you did Coach. Say Hello to Jimmy V and Coach Sloan for all of us.
January 24, 2009
God bless you coach.We will miss you.
January 24, 2009
I want to send my condolences to Mrs. Coach Kay's family..... she will be miss..... god always call the great ones home to early.... love you coach kay......
January 24, 2009
Kay often said not to dwell in self-pity. You can dip your toes in for just a moment, but do not allow circumstances out of your control to bring you down or negatively affect who you are. Wow, what a brave and inspirational woman.
January 24, 2009
You were a great ambassador to the sport of basketball - your courage during your battle with cancer was an inspiration to many.
January 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with Kay Yow's family, friends, players and the NC State family.

I hope every girl who laces up her shoes today to take the court or field will take a moment to reflect and thank Coach Yow for all she did for women's basketball and women's sports.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow, you were an inspiration for all. Although I know the wolfpack nation is grieving, we are also celebrating the wonderful life and true compassion and dedication you've given to all in your years at NC State. We will miss you, but we know you will always be looking down on us cheering for our wolfpack!
January 24, 2009
To the Yow family, NC State familly, and friends:
I am truly sorry for your loss. Women's basketball has lost a very courageous and beautiful lady. May Ms. Yow now REST in PEACE and may all of you take comfort in knowing she is no longer in any pain. I watched her coach for many years and have often wondered how she did it with her pain, but she obviously loved NC STATE and basketball. She is now up in heaven sitting with Jim Valvano and both of them are so proud of the school and the basketball program. May each of you find peace and GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
January 24, 2009
The Great Kay Yow,
u've took the womans basketball game to a different level, all ur accomplishments were worth something n i'm glad that ur n a betta place n no long goin threw the things u were

R.I.P KAY YOW
January 24, 2009
I met Coach Yow in late December 2007 at our hairdressers' salon. She was signing NC State seat cushions for some of the patrons there, and when I realized who she was, much to the embarrassment of my daughters, I walked up to her, introduced myself and told her how inspired I was by her struggle and wished her the best. She was a very gracious lady and a brave warrior. I know she will be missed terribly. Rest in peace, Coach.
January 24, 2009
Coach Yow! You were a class act to the very end. Life well done. Rest in peace.
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