NC State

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.

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  • uronmylastnerv Apr 15, 2009

    also, when (if we do) will get to hear a statement from fowler, the one that made the announcement and then skipped town.
    and, will Stephaine Glance get a chance to speak?

  • uronmylastnerv Apr 15, 2009

    this situation makes me sick!!! i hope before the new coach takes the position they will take the time to look at the BIG picture, and read these post. if they do that then maybe they will see how fowler treats the staff that is there. and if they do, then maybe they will know what they are walking into, and see how the coaching staff is being treated. also, what are the chances that she would be able to keep some of the coaching staff IF they wanted to stay?

  • PackFan1983 Apr 14, 2009

    Uncle Jed Lee Fowler is walking all over Yow's grave...and doesn't even know it...and wouldn't care, if he were confronted!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 13, 2009

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    You probably would, but I felt this way since BEFORE State was so bad in basketball.

  • ljculler Apr 11, 2009

    Fowler should take a look back in time... What happened at Louis Tech when they didn't hire Kim M. Now their program is nothing and Baylor has won the NCAA. Whatever his agenda, he has blown it!

  • splashvaa Apr 11, 2009

    This seems to be the normal practice for NCSU in regards to basketball decisions. It would be nice to think that the athletic department would do a better job for our programs. There is not a girl basketball team in the country that has a better fan support program. The fans have stood by NCSU through it all. WIll the fans stick by NCSU if they hire a coach for the Girls team outside of the staff that is present? GOOD LUCK! I love NCSU, no matter how poor the decision the leaders make in regards to BASKETBALL. (BOYS & GIRLS) When we watch teams that shine, because of the quality of recruiting players, we remember that acedemics comes before athletics, and we still LOVE our University.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Apr 10, 2009

    I would feel that way also if I were a State Fan. :-)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 10, 2009

    Are you kidding me? Have you been to Carter-Finley on any given game day over the last 8-10 years or so? We've sold the place out for at least eight consecutive years. And it seats nearly 60,000 people. Contrast that with the RBC Center. It's not even full for ACC games any more, and it seats around 19,000 people.

    Like it or not, NC State is becoming a football school (I think it already is, but people just aren't ready to admit it).

    Basketball may be tops in this state. But I wouldn't say football will NEVER be "big". It already is big. It may be correct to say it will never be big as basketball. That's only because basketball is easier to understand the ins and outs. Simple minds can follow basketball better than they can football, so it has a bigger following.

    Give me football any day of the week over basketball! It's so much more fun to watch than basketball.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 10, 2009

    Are you sure about that? How does everyone know she wasn't considered and just didn't pass muster for Fowler. I mean, he is so well known for requiring complete EXCELLENCE out of NC State coaches. (OK, that last sentence was pure sarcasm...)

  • SME2 Apr 10, 2009

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    No I am not kidding...

    The men's basketball and football programs are up there. I just don't understand all the haterade being drank for Sidney Lowe. He's finally got Herb's lackeys out of there and can finally put together his own team.

    I don't think I need to comment on the football as that sport will NEVER be big in this state.

    Besides what has Stephanie Glance or Kay Yow done for this program in the past few years? This is not to bash Kay but I mean come on. She should have stepped down a few years ago. Under Glance it would be just more mediocrity.

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