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North Carolina State announced Wednesday that Army athletic director Boo Corrigan will be formally introduced as the new director of athletics at 10 a.m. Thursday at a press conference inside Reynolds Coliseum. 

The event is open to the public. 

Corrigan spent eight years at West Point and in 2017 was named Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Corrigan is the son of Gene Corrigan, who spent time as an athletic director at Virginia and later Notre Dame and also served as the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Boo Corrigan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame (1990) and a master’s in education from Virginia Commonwealth (2013). 

He replaces Debbie Yow, who was hired in 2010 after previous stints as athletic director at St. Louis (1990-1994) and Maryland (1994-2010). She guided the Wolfpack to a 15th-place finish in the 2017-18 Director’s Cup standings, the best placing in school history. 

“Although I don’t know Boo personally, his achievements speak for themselves and I have great respect for his body of work,” Yow said in a release from N.C. State. “His family has significant ties to the ACC, and Chancellor (Randy) Woodson has made an outstanding choice for the future of N.C. State athletics.”

The transition will be complete when Corrigan takes over his duties on May 1.

“With Debbie’s retirement as N.C. State’s athletics director, it was critical that we find a leader that could build on the unprecedented success we have enjoyed during her tenure,” Woodson said in a statement. “In Boo we have found a very successful leader who puts student-athletes first, builds strong relationships both internally and externally, and is committed to the development of coaches and staff to achieve at a very high level. I could not be more excited about the future of N.C. State athletics.”

Prior to working at Army, Corrigan was the associate athletic director for external affairs at Duke and then the associate athletic director of marketing at Florida State. He spent five years as the associate athletic director for marketing at Notre Dame and three years at the United States Naval Academy in the same capacity. 

The Cadets won 14 Patriot League titles during Corrigan’s tenure and sent 14 teams to postseason play. 

“I am honored to be selected by Chancellor Woodson to lead N.C. State athletics, and my family and I are thrilled to be part of the Wolfpack,” Corrigan said in a statement. “N.C. State is a special institution with a long, proud athletic history and an incredible fan base. I’m excited to work with the university’s outstanding coaches, talented student-athletes and dedicated staff to build on the strong foundation developed over the last several years and look forward to moving N.C. State to even higher levels in all aspects of the student-athlete experience.”

NOT BACKING DOWN

N.C. State came up short against third-ranked Virginia, 66-65 in overtime Tuesday, but the mantra after the tough loss was confidence and a willingness to grow more as a team. 

The No. 23 Wolfpack shrugged off a 14-point deficit in the second half to force overtime, and when Markell Johnson drilled a 3-pointer with 4:39 remaining in overtime it handed N.C. State its first lead of the entire game. 

The Cavaliers have not lost a regular-season game to the Wolfpack in nearly 10 years and Virginia took the lead for good on Tuesday when Kyle Guy drained a trey with exactly two minutes left in overtime. The Pack fought on as Braxton Beverly brought them with a point with eight seconds left in the extra period. 

With N.C. State down three, Johnson had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled behind the 3-point line with nine-tenths of a second left in overtime, but he could only make two of the three free throws. 

The loss aside, the Wolfpack was proud of the resolve it showed but also intent on not using a moral victory as a means to feel better about itself. 

“I told the team after the game that obviously it’s okay to be disappointed,” N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts said. “I thought our guys played hard. I thought they played their hearts out, and I thought they played until the end.

“I told my guys there is a thin line between winning and losing. We were on the other side of it against Clemson, but we fought hard.”

What does Tuesday’s performance mean for the Wolfpack?

“There are no moral victories, but that just tells us that we’re right there, and if we clean up a few things, take out some of the mental mistakes and stuff like that, we can win the game,” Devon Daniels said after finishing with 10 points in the loss. 

“I believe, and I think everybody on this team, coaching staff and all, believes that we’re right there,” Daniels added. “You build on it. Look at the things we did wrong, things that we can clean up, and just build on it. We’ve got (Wednesday) off. We’re going to get some treatment, get healthy, and then on Thursday, we’re going to lock back in for Virginia Tech.”

Keatts thinks his program is ahead of the pace that he envisioned when he was hired and expects better things from a group that is eager to learn and improve. 

“Certainly, you want to win those games, but you don’t know how good your team really is until you play in those games,” Keatts explained. “All you have to do is look at Virginia’s scores all year long, and the closest game they have had is the one at Duke, which they lost by a few points. Most of the other games have been either 15 or 20 points, whether they are at home or away.”

“That being said, if you look at Virginia, they have done a tremendous job over the past two years,” Keatts added. “They have won 23, now 24 of their last 26 games in the ACC. That’s pretty impressive. We were right there to win the game. I like where we are. I think our guys have a chance to be good. We are going to continue to get better.”

Rob McLamb of Inside Pack Sports has covered N.C. State athletics and recruiting since 2012. You can follow him on Twitter @RobMcLamb.

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