Athletics

Nothing unites the Pack like the excellence of our student-athletes. On the court, the field, the track and the diamond, NC State competes at the highest level.

The Strength of the Pack

NC State’s rich tradition of college athletics began soon after the school’s founding, when students organized the first football game in 1892. Since then, our teams have won four national championships and countless conference titles, and we’ve won 31 individual national championships.

Beginning with Reynolds Coliseum and continuing with Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena, NC State works with public and private partners to provide state-of-the-art multipurpose facilities that host athletic events, concerts and other entertainment and educational activities.

Now sponsoring 23 varsity programs, NC State Athletics promotes team and individual success, makes scholarship and educational opportunities available to more than 550 student-athletes, and creates memorable experiences for Wolfpack fans.

Students and alumni, faculty and staff, fans old and new, all find their strength in the Pack.

Recent Highlights

  • The NC State women’s basketball team won the 2020 ACC Championship.
  • The wrestling team won the 2020 ACC Championship.
  • Men’s swimming and diving earned its sixth straight ACC Championship.
  • Women’s swimming and diving won its second ACC title in three seasons.
  • The women’s cross-country team won a league title, their third straight and 24th in school history.
  • Four NC State head coaches earned Coach of the Year status within their team’s conference: Laurie Henes (women’s cross country), Kim Landrus (gymnastics), Braden Holloway (men’s swimming and diving) and Simon Earnshaw (women’s tennis).
  • The athletics program ranked 26th in the national Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup competitive standings for 2018-2019.
  • NC State was one of just two NCAA schools to have a first-round draft pick in the WNBA, MLB and NFL drafts.