Everett Case

Everett Case (1900-1966)

Teams coached: NC State Wolfpack
NC State record: 377-134 (.738)
Overall record: 377-134 (.738)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1946-1964 NC State

Everett Case Facts

  • Everett Norris Case
  • Born June 21, 1900
  • Died April 30, 1966
  • Hometown: Anderson, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin (BA, 1923)
  • Started coaching career in his native Indiana, spending 23 years coaching at the high school level
    • Won 4 Indiana state championships, one of only five coaches to do so
    • Frankfort HS named their basketball arena Case Arena in his honor
  • Enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and reached the level of Lieutenant Commander
  • Served as the athletic director for the DePauw basketball program from 1943-46
  • Left DePauw 1946 to become the head basketball coach at NC State, a position he would hold for the next 18 years
    • Case is credited with helping to popularize basketball in the (football crazy) state of North Carolina and is often referred to as the “Father of the ACC”
    • The facilities at NC State pushed other local schools Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest to upgrade their own facilities to combat the Wolfpack’s SoCon/ACC dominance
    • Convinced NC State to expand and complete Reynolds Coliseum, which would eventually host the first 13 ACC Tournaments and the Dixie Classic – a holiday tournament Case created (and won seven times)
    • Second half of tenure at NC State was overshadowed by NCAA scandal, as the program was put on four-year probation for extra benefits that were provided to a recruit by an assistant coach
    • Another probation came in 1960, just as the first was ending, as a response to a point-shaving scandal that also resulted in the cancellation of the Dixie Classic
  • Case was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 1964 and although he started the 1964-65 season as head coach, he was forced to step down two games in
  • Case passed away from cancer in April 1966 and was interred at Raleigh Memorial Park in Raleigh, NC
  • Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1964 and posthumously in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (1968), Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1982) and College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006)

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