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Former NCSU Coach Norm Sloan Dies

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Former N.C. State basketball coach Norm Sloan died Tuesday.

Sloan died Tuesday morning at Duke Hospital at age 77. His daughter, Leslie Nicholls, said Sloan died of pulmonary fibrosis of the lungs.

Sloan, an Indiana native, began coaching at N.C. State in 1966. His 1973 team, led by David Thompson, finished 27-0 but could not compete for the national championship because it was on NCAA probation.

The next season, the Wolfpack went 30-1 and beat Marquette for the 1974 NCAA championship.

In 14 seasons at N.C. State, Sloan became one of only six men to win three Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

"We have lost a great warrior," said University of New Orleans coach Monte Towe, a former player and assistant coach for Sloan. "There is not a day that goes by that I don't apply something that I learned from Coach Sloan in a positive way to my personal life and my teaching of basketball.

"He has touched a lot of great people in a great way, and he will be missed."

The visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Edenton Street Methodist Church in Raleigh.

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