Robin Pingeton, a record-setting women's basketball player at St. Ambrose who went on to coach the Queen Bees, will be introduced this morning as the new head coach at Missouri.
Pingeton led Illinois State to three consecutive 25-win seasons and has directed the Redbirds to postseason berths five times in her seven seasons at the Missouri Valley Conference school.
The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill., reported that Pingeton is expected to take assistants Randy Norton, Willie Cox and Jenny Putnam with her to the Big 12 program. Norton is a former boys' basketball coach at Davenport Assumption while Putnam played for Pingeton at St. Ambrose.
They will take over a program that finished 12-18 last season and was last in the Big 12 with a 2-14 conference record.
Pingeton knows the territory. After coaching St. Ambrose to a 194-76 record and five NAIA Tournament appearances during an eight-year stay at her alma mater, she spent three seasons as an assistant on Bill Fennelly's staff at Iowa State.
At Missouri, Pingeton replaces Cindy Stein, who according to the Columbia Daily Tribune resigned last month under pressure after 12 seasons on the Tigers' bench.
The Tribune reported Pingeton met with her players at Illinois State on Wednesday afternoon and was scheduled to meet with her new team later in the evening in Columbia, Mo. She will be formally introduced at a 10:30 a.m. news conference today at Mizzou Arena.
Pingeton, 41, earned coach of the year honors twice in the Missouri Valley Conference and led her 2009-10 team to a 28-8 record and a spot in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Her Illinois State teams combined for a 144-81 record.
She remains the career scoring and rebounding leader at St. Ambrose, where she collected 2,502 points and 1,261 rebounds.