After a pair of Sweet 16 runs and four NCAA appearances in his first five seasons, Mark Gottfried enters the 2016-17 season having elevated the Wolfpack basketball program back to national prominence.
Through his first four seasons at NCSU, Gottfried posted a 92-52 record and became just the third coach in the history of the ACC to take his school to the Big Dance in each of his first four seasons. Only legendary coach Everett Case has won more games in his first four seasons at NC State. Additionally, the 92 victories was the most for the Wolfpack over a four-year span since 1972-76.
After a historic four-year run from 2011-15, the Pack won 16 games in 2015-16, highlighted by wins over three ranked teams. The Pack defeated LSU and Pittsburgh away from home and trounced No. 13 Miami at PNC Arena. Gottfried also coached some players to standout performances. Cat Barber was voted first team All-ACC and NABC All-District while freshman Maverick Rowan was named Academic All-ACC.Read More
Assistant Head Coach
The 2015-16 season marks assistant coach Orlando Early's fifth on the NC State men's basketball staff and his ninth season working with Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. Over that span, the duo has produced nine winning seasons and eight NCAA Tournament berths.
With Early on staff at NC State, the Wolfpack has made four straight NCAA tourney appearances. He has helped the Wolfpack to a pair of Sweet 16 runs, in 2012 and 2015. The Wolfpack made the NCAA Second Round in 2013 and 2014. In four seasons with Early on the bench with Gottfried, NC State has won 92 games, the program's highest total since 1972-76.
Early spent four seasons (2001-05) as an assistant under Gottfried at Alabama. The Crimson Tide topped the 20-win mark three times, posted an overall 88-41 record, advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, held the No. 1 national ranking, won an SEC regular-season championship and made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight with Early on the bench. His work as an assistant coach was recognized on a national level in 2004, as Athlon Sports named him the third best assistant coach in the nation.Read More
Assistant Head Coach
Butch Pierre, a veteran assistant and one of the top recruiters in college basketball, has been named assistant coach at NC State, head coach Mark Gottfried announced March 31, 2016.
"I've known Butch for a long time and he's regarded as one of college basketball's premier recruiters, but he is also a great teacher of the game who has spent a number of years around winning programs," said Gottfried. "He brings a wealth of experience in many areas that will help us tremendously, and I'm excited to have him join our program."
Pierre, 53, joins the Wolfpack after spending the last eight seasons on the staff at Oklahoma State, where he served as associate head coach. Arriving in Stillwater in 2008, the Cowboys made five NCAA Tournament appearances with Pierre on staff.Read More
Assistant Head Coach
An established head coach and high-level recruiter, Heath Schroyer joined Mark Gottfried's NC State staff as assistant head coach in April 2016.
“I’m excited to have Heath join our staff. He has done an outstanding job at UT-Martin, and has had success as both a head coach and as an assistant,” said Gottfried. “Heath’s programs have traditionally shown great improvement, he is a strong on-floor and in-game coach, and is a proven recruiter at the highest level.”
Schroyer guided UT-Martin to a 41-28 mark (.594) and a pair of appearances in the CIT in his two years with the program. After inheriting an 8-win team at UT-Martin, he guided the Skyhawks to 21 wins in his first season leading the program and was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Associated Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014-15.Read More
Director of Basketball Operations/Camp Director
A 25-year veteran of the college basketball coaching ranks, Jeff Dunlap moves into his fifth year as the Wolfpack's director of basketball operations. Dunlap is no stranger to NC State head coach Mark Gottfried, with the two having an association that spans more than 20 years, including a two-year stint in which Dunlap served on Gottfried's staff at Alabama.
A proven and successful coach, administrator and recruiter, Dunlap has worked in the SEC, MAC, Horizon League and Big West Conference in his Division I tenure and also coached in the Division II and junior college ranks.
While on Gottfried's staff at NC State, the Wolfpack has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons, including Sweet 16 runs in 2012 and 2015. Prior to coming to NC State, Dunlap served as an assistant coach at Western Michigan during the 2010-11 campaign, helping lead the Broncos to a 21-13 record and a postseason berth. It was his second stint at WMU, as he also served as an assistant coach from 2004-07.Read More
Director of Men's Basketball Administration/Camp Administrator
Maggie Burge was hired to the men's basketball staff in the fall of 2011 and was promoted to Director of Men's Basketball Administration in 2014.
Among her duties is to coordinate all coaches and team travel, assist the staff's Director of Operations in the day-to-day operations of the program, and to assist with special events hosted by head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff. Burge's major responsibility every year has been to coordinate the logistics of the team's travel during the postseason.
Before joining the Wolfpack men's basketball staff, Burge worked in other areas of NC State's athletics department. She has worked with the ticket and business offices and with the football recruiting office.Read More