Brother: Yow wanted Glance to stay at State
Posted April 10, 2009
North Carolina State University legend Kay Yow wanted her longtime assistant, Stephanie Glance to succeed her as head women’s basketball coach, Yow’s brother said Friday.
Ronnie Yow said his sister, who died of breast cancer in January, would have retired if the university had committed to keeping Glance.
"I think that Kay would have retired last year had Stephanie already been put in place as the head coach," he said Friday. "She'd been trying for two years to have that done."
When she could not secure that commitment from Chancellor James Oblinger and Director of Athletics Lee Fowler, Yow stayed on to protect her staff, her brother said.
Ronnie Yow spoke after media reports that N.C. State has decided not to promote Glance as Kay Yow’s permanent replacement. Glance was named interim coach in mid-season after Yow could not continue as coach. She continued to coach the team after Yow passed away.
Ronnie Yow provided a letter his sister wrote to Oblinger and Fowler in April 2007 telling them, “We are holding an “Ace” in Stephanie … Will you help me keep her here at N.C. State?”
By deciding not to promote Glance, the university is "going against Kay's wishes," Ronnie Yow said.
"The last two years of her life were really tough," Ronnie Yow said. "She represented herself with a lot of grace and courage ... and I just felt like, if she wanted to hire somebody as a head coach, that should have been done."
Glance, who has expressed strong interest in the head job since the death of her mentor, was out of the office and could not be reached for comment.
Calls to the N.C. State athletic department Friday were not returned.
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.