Charlotte, NC - Johnson & Wales Athletic Director Trudi Lacey has added another accolade to her long list of honors: Hall of Famer. She was recently inducted to the North Carolina State University Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2018 class.
Lacey was the first African-American woman to receive a four year basketball scholarship to N.C. State, and went on to enjoy a distinguished career under legendary coach Kay Yow. She amassed 1,957 points and 1,051 rebounds during her Wolfpack career. She also ranked top ten in program history in double doubles, points per game, and rebounds per game. While there, she was named to the ACC All-Tournament team all four years and helped lead the Wolfpack to their first ACC championship in program history. Lacey also represented the United States at the World University games en route to two gold medals at the events. In 2007 she was named to the ACC All Legend Team.
After earning her Master's Degree in Sports Management as a graduate assistant at N.C. State, she went on to coach Division I women's basketball at Francis Marion University, University of South Florida, and the University of Maryland. Lacey would move on to coach at the professional level as an assistant coach and then head coach of the Charlotte Sting, and later she would become the head coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics. She also served as the Assistant Director for USA Women's Basketball from 1997-2001, helping Team USA earn gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
When asked about what N.C. State means to her, Lacey replied, "I am fortunate and grateful for attending N.C. State earning multiple degrees, playing for the legendary Kay Yow, and knowing the iconic Jimmy V. What a special time to be at N.C. State! I am very appreciative of the Wolfpack family for acknowledging the 2018 Hall of Fame class. It is a honor and a beautiful memory I will cherish forever."
The JWU Charlotte Department of Athletics has seen unprecedented success under her leadership. Women's Basketball and Volleyball have claimed national championships, while men's soccer and men's basketball have each appeared in a national championship game. The five varsity teams have qualified for postseason play 9 times in her three years as Athletic Director. The departmental GPA has also increased by nearly two tenths of a point as Wildcat student-athletes have been recognized as USCAA Academic All-Americans 38 times.