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Illinois State director of athletics Sheahon Zenger speaks during the dedication of Duffy Bass Field in Normal on Saturday (May 2, 2009). (Pantagraph/Joel Fellers)

NORMAL -- Stephanie Glance will bring the experience of working closely with two legendary women's basketball coaches when she will be announced Tuesday afternoon as Robin Pingeton's successor as Illinois State University women's coach.

Glance will be introduced at a 3 p.m. news conference at the Kaufman Football Building. The event is open to the public.

A special assistant to all-time NCAA wins leader Pat Summitt at University of Tennessee this past season, Glance also coached 15 seasons at North Carolina State University under Kay Yow.

Glance was widely considered the heir apparent to Yow at North Carolina State, but the school hired Tennessee assistant Kellie Harper after Yow's death from breast cancer in January 2009.

Glance was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina State and served as interim head coach for parts of the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons as Yow battled cancer. As interim coach at N.C. State, Glance had a 15-6 record. She went 10-6 in the 2006-07 season and 5-0 in the 2008-09 season.

During Glance's tenure in Raleigh, N.C., the Wolfpack had a 285-178 record, made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, advanced to four Sweet 16s and earned one Final Four berth.

After leaving North Carolina State, Glance went to Tennessee as Summitt's special assistant to the head coach.

"She was superb as an assistant and as interim head coach at NC State," Summit said in a university statement announcing Glance's hiring. "She did a great job working with the Wolfpack and keeping everything together.

"She is a very positive person and a very hard worker."

Glance served on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association board of directors from 2003 through 2009 and was the representative for Division I assistant coaches during that time.

A former player at Rollins College, Glance is a 1985 graduate of the Winter Park, Fla., school.

Glance served as an assistant at University of South Florida (1988-93) and what was then Southwest Texas State University (1993-94) before moving to North Carolina State.

She will take over an ISU program that finished 28-8 this past season and advanced to the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament for the second straight season.

Pingeton left ISU after seven seasons earlier this month to become head coach at the University of Missouri.




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