Mark Gottfried will be removed as North Carolina State’s coach at the end of the season, athletic director Debbie Yow announced Thursday.
Gottfried is 122-82 (47-55 ACC) in six seasons NC State. After a 97-73 home loss to rival North Carolina on Tuesday, the Wolfpack are 14-13 (3-11 ACC) and have lost six straight. He made the NCAA Tournament in his first four years, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012 and 2015. Last season, the Wolfpack went 16-17 (5-13 ACC). This season, despite having a projected top-five NBA pick in Dennis Smith Jr., the Wolfpack have been unreliable on defense. The team is allowing 92 points per game in ACC play.
“Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program,” Yow said. “While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season’s end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward. Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season.”
In a statement, Gottfried said, “It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished during my time here. NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season.”
NC State will immediately look for candidates to fill the position and gets a head start on every other school that will have changeover in the coming weeks, but with Yow not expected to be NC State’s athletic director for the long-term, that could affect the candidate pool.