NORMAL -- Having "learned from the best," Stephanie Glance plans to get the best out of the Illinois State University women's basketball team.
Glance was introduced as ISU's sixth women's basketball coach Tuesday in an afternoon news conference at the Kaufman Football Building. She fills the vacancy left earlier this month by the departure of Robin Pingeton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Missouri.
"This is an opportunity I wished for all my life," Glance said. "It is a thrill and an honor to be part of the Redbird family. I look forward to being part of what is already an outstanding program and moving it forward."
Glance, 46, brings the credibility of 22 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stints with legendary coaches Kay Yow and Pat Summitt.
Glance spent 15 seasons under Yow at North Carolina State University and served as the Wolfpack interim head coach during part of the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons as Yow waged a lengthy battle with cancer. Glance also was North Carolina State's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
After Yow's death in January 2009, Glance moved to the University of Tennessee. She initially was a special assistant to Summitt but was promoted to a full assistant with recruiting and on-court coaching responsibilities during the 2009-10 season.
"I learned from two of the best to coach the game," said Glance, who received a five-year contract with a base salary of $185,000. "It was a tremendous blessing to me. I learned so many lessons about life and how to use basketball to convey those lessons to young people."
Sheahon Zenger, ISU director of athletics, said he was pleased to deliver on a promise made to the Redbird players when Pingeton left.
"As I told the team, because of their efforts we were able to attract an extremely talented pool of candidates and reach for the best," Zenger said. "Ladies, we went out and got you the best.
"Her coaching pedigree and coaching experience are second to none. We found a tremendous teacher of the game of basketball who just happens to be a pretty darn good recruiter in her own right."
Summitt, the all-time NCAA wins leader, offered Glance a glowing endorsement.
"This is a terrific hire for Illinois State. I am very confident Stephanie will be very successful," Summitt said. "She simply knows how to get the job done. She was an excellent addition to our staff as she was able to challenge and motivate our players every day.
"Stephanie understands the time and energy commitment it takes to put a winning program on the floor. She will bring a winning attitude as well as generate interest in women's basketball."
Glance indicated she plans to use a style similar to the manner used to fashion ISU's 28-8 record this past season.
"I believe in an up-tempo, fast-paced, fun style," said the 1985 graduate of Rollins College. "I love defense. There will a lot of focus on defense, traps, different looks, changing defenses."
Glance also served as an assistant at University of South Florida (1988-93) and what was then Southwest Texas State University (1993-94) before joining Yow at North Carolina State for a 285-178 record and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in 15 years.