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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.

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  • Bulldog78 Apr 13, 2009

    Tough call for the AD but the right call. It is easy for fans to combine the tragedy that is the passing of Kay Yow with the decision regarding the new coach because those fans will not be held accountable for the outcome of that decision. Lee Fowler will. If that makes it a business decision, then that is what it is. Fans and followers of Coach Yow may take issue with that, especially those who are supportive of Glance; the AD does not have that luxury. He has to look at a program that has become mediocre and a roster that cannot compete with the upper reaches of the ACC on a consistent basis. To do so and not realize that the program needs new leadership and a fresh perspective would be dishonest. I commend Lee Fowler for making a tough decision and the right decision. I am sorry that this decision causes pain for various individuals who were close to Coach Yow, especially her brother and Coach Glance. The latter has always demonstrated a great deal of class throughout this ordeal and continues to do so now as she departs and new leadership comes in. Real fans will support whomever is chosen and will support the AD as well.

  • StunGunn Apr 11, 2009

    bose93 - You made good points - especially about assuming an assistant coach can't step in and do a good job. Like you said, Roy and Gino were assistants and no one can argue with their National Championships - each picking up an additional one this year.

  • monkeyboy Apr 11, 2009

    her brother is disturbed? well, whoppity-do. who really cares? last i checked, it wasn't yow state university. she made a suggestion as to her replacement, and everything ends right there. the brother needs to just shut up and disappear.

  • uronmylastnerv Apr 11, 2009

    Last night on the news, if I am correct they said, NCState will not hire Glance and the search is still ongoing? I think it's an issue between fowler and Glance.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 11, 2009

    View quoted thread


    Fowler DOES need to go. But as far as I'm concerned, his last straw happened a LONG TIME AGO.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 11, 2009

    -- Caulton Tudor

    Well said. Maybe a complete change is a good thing for State women's BB.

  • howdiditgettothis Apr 11, 2009

    Unsurprising.

    Universities, corporations, any type of "business" conglomerate routinely cheat long term, "loyal" employees out of promotions, extra pay, any type of merit.

    Same deal with pro-sports teams. Trading long term players, firing good coaches, etc.

    It all boils down to money.

    Pathetic.

  • bose93 Apr 11, 2009

    I think folks are losing site of the real issue here. This is not about Coach Yow, her wishes, or her brother's emotions. Although one would think a reference from a Naismith Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, etc. would go a long way. This is about hiring who's right for the job. In my humble opinion, that's Stephanie Glance -- head coaching experience or not! Her resume speaks for itself. And if the rumors are true about who the other candidates are, we're not talking about Gino or Pat, we're talking about lower-level conference coaches, who let's be honest, are a little unproven themselves. To say they are hands down more qualified for this job is a joke.

  • Mustange Apr 11, 2009

    This is not right Glance should at least have a chance at this! But thats NC STATE for you!

  • assiduous5 Apr 11, 2009

    I respect Kay Yow and am a fan of NC State, but I don't see why this has to be such a big issue. It is really very simple. Kay Yow's job was to coach the team and maybe mentor the girls. Hiring someone for coach was not her job. Problems arise when people try to do someone else's job. It is fine to make recommendations, but this is going a bit far.

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