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Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Raleigh, NC - NC State Director of Athletics Lee Fowler and Head Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow announced jointly that Yow will be taking a leave of absence from her coaching duties for an indefinite period of time. Associate head coach Stephanie Glance will serve as interim coach during this period.
Coach Yow, 64, originally had a recurrence of her breast cancer two years ago, 17 years after its original diagnosis in 1987. Following two years of treatment with dietary modification, oral hormonal therapies and radiation, Coach Yow's doctors have recently detected progression of the disease. Treatment of the breast cancer at this time will require a combination of chemotherapy and newer targeted biologic therapies, which have begun this week.
Coach Yow is focused both on her own health and on the success of her team. "I have every confidence in my coaching staff to continue the development of this outstanding group of young women, while I focus on the treatment of my breast cancer." Glance, along with Assistants Jenny Palmateer and Trina Trice-Hill will coach the team this weekend, as the squad will leave Raleigh on Thursday to travel to Arizona for a Friday contest with the Wildcats, and then will travel to California for a Sunday game against UC Santa Barbara. The team currently posts a 3-1 record this season.
"As a public figure, attention will likely be focused on me with this change in the status of my breast cancer. I would prefer if equal attention were centered on my team, and on the many other women and men in North Carolina and across the country who face the same struggle with their cancers that I do."
"Obviously, our biggest concern is for Coach Yow's health and well-being," said Fowler. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her as she goes through this difficult time. I hope that all Wolfpackers will unite to support our women's basketball team more strongly than ever."
Yow is in her 32nd season as head coach of the Wolfpack women and has posted 696 wins during her storied career - the sixth-most in the history of NCAA women's basketball. She was the coach of the women's gold medal team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul Korea, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 with a group including Larry Brown and Ervin "Magic" Johnson. For her many contributions as an educator and coach, she was acknowledged as the "Person of the Year" for the state of North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer in 2002.