Reading Interacting with student athletes, writes children’s stories, authoring books and articles related to athletics, sports management
A highly sought-after athletics director, Debbie Yow understands what it takes to support the work of great coaches. Throughout her three decades in intercollegiate athletics, Yow has helped numerous teams and athletics programs achieve consistent winning seasons.Debbie Yow began her career in athletics as a women’s basketball coach, serving at the University of Kentucky and Oral Roberts University. At these institutions, she propelled largely unknown teams into the top 20 programs in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Sports Illustrated. Yow has also coached women’s basketball at the University of Florida.Building on her coaching successes, Debbie Yow began a career in sports administration at the University of Florida in 1985. She accepted a position as the Associate Athletic Director at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She then joined Saint Louis University as Athletic Director in 1990 before transferring to the University of Maryland.Debbie Yow spent over 15 years managing the athletics program at the University of Maryland, thrusting the school into the top seven percent of NCAA Division I programs. Overseeing more than two dozen sports, Yow hired top coaches and provided them with the institutional framework necessary to build great teams, including obtaining funding and providing state-of-the-art venues.Most recently, Debbie Yow accepted a position at North Carolina State University. In April 2011, she hired men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried, who previously led highly successful teams in Alabama and held a position as a basketball analyst with ESPN.A talented fundraiser, Yow has over two decades of experience in balancing and augmenting athletics budgets. Under her leadership at the University of Maryland, private giving increased by over 350 percent while corporate sponsorship expanded threefold. She built new venues for her teams and developed multimedia marketing strategies that provided Internet-based streams of revenue. Debbie Yow has also helped expand funding from television sources, and she served on the Atlantic Coast Conference Committee on Television, which handles the league’s television contracts with major networks such as ESPN and ABC.Drawing on her successes, Yow has written nearly 40 articles on management strategies for athletics programs. She brings a goal-oriented, proactive approach to her work, and she has received numerous awards and commendations throughout her career.