State won't promote Glance, Yow's brother speaks out
Posted April 9, 2009
Updated April 10, 2009
North Carolina State University has decided not to promote Stephanie Glance to the position of head women’s basketball coach, WRAL has learned from sources within the university.
Glance served as coach Kay Yow’s top assistant and was named interim coach after Yow could not continue as coach. She continued to coach the team after Yow passed away.
During a phone call with WRAL Thursday night, Kay Yow's brother, Ronnie Yow, called the decision not to hire Glance "disturbing."
"They've pulled the rug out from under that program ... it's an insane thing to do," he said.
The brother of N.C. State's legendary coach stressed that it was always Kay Yow's intention to turn her program over to Glance.
"I feel like I need to defend my sister," he said, providing WRAL with a copy of a letter written by Kay Yow two years ago.
In the letter, sent to N.C. State Chancellor James Oblinger and Director of Athletics Lee Fowler and dated April 18, 2007, Coach Yow urged N.C. State to name Glance as her successor.
"In women's basketball, assistants to long-time successful coaches are actually as or more qualified to be head coaches at major universities than mid-major coaches," wrote the late Coach Yow. "We are holding an 'Ace' in Stephanie ... Will you help me keep her here at N.C. State?"
The Hall of Fame coach wrote that Glance was a candidate for the University of Kentucky's head coaching job at the time, but that Glance preferred to stay with the Wolfpack.
Glance had expressed strong interest in the head job at State, and Yow pushed to have her named. Glance was out of the office Thursday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.
Wolfpack athletics director Lee Fowler was traveling and could not be reached Thursday afternoon either. Fowler has told WRAL he expected to make a decision by the middle of April.
The decision is an important and emotional one for N.C. State, where Yow was a revered figure on campus. State’s next coach will face a formidable challenge in women’s basketball, with North Carolina set to move back into revamped Carmichael Auditorium and Duke energized under coach Joanne P. McCallie.
N.C. State could elect to go for a head coach at a lower level like Kellie Harper of Western Carolina, who played at Tennessee, or find an established assistant at a national power to come in.