Everett Case was not only one of the great college basketball coaches of all time, he was a pioneer and innovator whose work continues to shape the game we know today. He compiled a 377-134 career record, including a mark of 187-45 in the Southern Conference. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, the Indiana native spent 23 years as a successful high school basketball coach in the Hoosier State, winning more than 700 games and four Indiana state championships.
Following naval service during World War II, Case was named head coach at North Carolina State in 1946, taking over a program that was clearly in the shadows of football. Case quickly changed that by aggressively recruiting talented players from the Midwest as well as the Southeast. Beginning with the 1946-47 season, the Wolfpack won six consecutive SoCon championships before the Wolfpack joined the ACC in 1953. Case and his team tacked on three more titles from 1953-55, their first three season's in the new league, and added a fourth in 1959.
In 1949 at Case's urging, N.C. State built the largest basketball facility in the Southeast - the
12,400-seat Reynolds Coliseum. Always an innovator and showman, Case pioneered the use of spotlights and music to introduce his starting lineup, and is usually credited with being the first coach whose team cut down the nets upon winning a championship.
He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1954, 1955 and 1958 and led N.C. State to the 1950 Final Four. When he stepped down in 1964 due to the cancer that would take his life two years later, Case had a winning average that still stands in record books today. He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. The ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player award is named in his honor.