Glance remembers Yow

January 27, 2009 2:45:30 PM PST
NC State interim women's basketball coach Stephanie Glance spoke for the first time publicly Tuesday about the passing of former Head Coach Kay Yow.Glance, who took up the reins when Yow stepped down for the season because of her worsening health, said she and the players who've passed through the basketball program are the recipients of Yow's lifetime of giving.

"We feel very blessed to be on the receiving end of so many gifts," she said. "Although this is a very difficult time for all of us, Coach Yow's spirit, energy, and positive approach is such a help to get us through this time."

Glance says that while the team is in pain, she's confident that it can move forward thanks in a large part to Yow herself and the organization she put in place.

"Coach Yow had an ability to instill confidence in a person and I know that she believed in me as she believed in all of her players and all of her staff and she had ways of letting us know that over and over again," said Glance.

The team practiced for the first time since Yow's death on Tuesday. Glance says the team has spent a great deal of time together over the past few days comforting each other.

"We're going to put forward our best effort on the court because she would want us to do that. She would also know that it would be very difficult," Glance explained.

Glance also paid tribute to Yow's long years of service to women's basketball as a sport. Yow was there from its infancy to see it rise in national prominence, and a good deal of the sport's success is due to Yow's efforts.

"She had such a major impact on the sport in every way - the rules committee - every part that she served on. She has such a big voice, such a well respected voice, in the sport and she deserves tremendous credit," said Glance.

A public tribute to Yow will be held by the Wolfpack at Reynolds Coliseum Wednesday evening at 7. It's open to the public. If you can't make it, you can watch live coverage on ABC 11.


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