Who will State go with after saying 'no' to Glance?
Apr 9, 2009
Today we reported that Stephanie Glance would not be hired as the full-time head coach of the N.C. State women’s basketball team.
This decision on which direction to take this proud program has been a tough one from every angle.
The legendary Kay Yow, one of the great pioneers in all of basketball, suggested to the athletic administration that her top assistant, coach Glance, be named to take over when Yow was no longer able to coach.
Glance did a fantastic job keeping the Wolfpack women together during what had to be an almost impossible situation to handle. She and her staff should be commended for carrying on through some of the saddest days in the history of the university. Coach Glance was graceful, and the players mirrored that despite their great sadness.
It is apparent now, that the administration has decided to go in a different direction. With the climb to national prominence by Duke and North Carolina, it is imperative that N.C. State get a coach that can put the people in the seats and the players on the court to run with both triangle rivals.
A couple of names have floated around as possible candidates to take over at State:
1.) Kellie Harper - the head coach at Western Carolina and played under the all-time winningest coach in basketball history, Pat Summitt, at Tennessee. She is young and has head coaching experience.
2.) Shea Ralph - A former UConn great currently on Geno Auriemma’s staff that led the Huskies to the 2009 national title, she is a national champion as a player and as an assistant coach, and is from Fayetteville. Ralph knows how proud the State program is.
Regardless of what happens, this is certain: Wherever Stephanie Glance ends up, that program will get a classy person that knows the game of basketball.
As for N.C. State, this is a high profile job with a rich tradition in one of, if not the toughest, conference in the country.
Whomever is lucky enough to be named the new coach, I hope they will put this one-time basketball giant back in the forefront of women’s college basketball.