March 1, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri women's basketball Head Coach Cindy Stein announced today that she will step down following the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.
"The University of Missouri and I have mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the program to announce at this time, that I will not be returning as the head women's basketball coach past this season," Stein said. "I will actively coach up until our final game of the season, whenever that might be."
Stein has a 184-175 record in her 12 years at Missouri. She has led the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by its run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2001 after defeating No. 4 Georgia on its home floor in the second round. Mizzou also earned four WNIT berths with Stein at the helm, including a bid in 2000 that ended a six-year postseason absence for the program.
During her tenure at Missouri, Stein coached four players, LaToya Bond, Amanda Lassiter, EeTisha Riddle and Evan Unrau, to All-Big 12 first team honors and has seen her players earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition 46 times. Additionally, Bond, Lassiter, Unrau, Christelle N'Garsanet and Marlena "Pep" Williams were WNBA draft selections under Stein's tutelage.
"I want to thank the University of Missouri and the Athletic Department for the opportunity to be the head coach for the last 12 years. It has been a privilege and an honor to coach at such a fine institution and to coach such an incredible group of young women."
"Cindy has been an outstanding representative of the University of Missouri, and for Mizzou Athletics, over the years," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "She and her staff have worked hard and have produced achievements which will be remembered fondly. With that, we do accept Cindy's resignation, and believe this is the right time for us to go a different direction with our women's basketball program. We thank Cindy for her contributions and know that she'll continue to work hard through the final buzzer this year."
NOTE TO THE MEDIA
This release is the extent of information and comments that will be available tonight. Coach Stein will be available to the media on Tuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mizzou Arena Interview Room. Following that, Mike Alden will be available for brief comments Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mizzou Arena.