In June 2002, Providence College Athletic Director Robert G. Driscoll announced the hiring of Susan Yow as head women's basketball coach by stating, "Susan Yow has coached at the highest levels and has a strong knowledge of women's basketball. We also were attracted to Susan because she has extensive experience coaching and recruiting in an academic setting. We believe she will be the person that can lead Providence College women's basketball in the highly competitive BIG EAST Conference."
Yow's ultimate task is to rebuild a program that once stood at the top of the BIG EAST Conference. There will be plenty of fresh faces to help Yow with the rebuilding process. In her third season with the Friars, Yow returns five players, including one senior and four sophomores. Look further down the roster and it is filled with seven new names - six freshman and one transfer student - who have joined Yow and her coaching staff to tackle the challenges that lie ahead and to re-establish a storied past.
Yow has 21 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, having tackled rebuilding situations at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (1993-97), Kansas State University (1990-93), Drake University (1986-90), East Tennessee State University (1978-86) and now, Providence College. Her career record stands at 235-337. Prior to arriving at Providence, she spent four seasons in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), serving as the top assistant coach for three seasons with the Cleveland Rockers and one season with the Charlotte Sting.
Yow also has extensive experience coaching USA Basketball teams. In 1981, she was an assistant coach for the USA South Team that won a gold medal at the Olympic Sports Festival. In addition, Yow served as the head coach for the South squad that took the gold medal in the 1983 Olympic Sports Festival. Her USA Basketball experience reached its pinnacle when she served as an assistant coach for the US team that won the gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
In her first year at Providence, she has instilled the vision and laid the foundation for a bright future for women's basketball. The Friars compiled a 6-5 non-conference record and a 9-18 overall mark. Yow earned her first win at Providence in the season opener versus Navy (70-62) as part of the Banknorth Classic in Burlington, Vt. on November 22, 2002. Yow took her first BIG EAST Conference victory at Pittsburgh (80-77) on January 11, 2003. During the 2003-04 campaign, Yow and her squad finished the non-conference schedule with a 4-7 record. Wins were even harder to find in the BIG EAST Conference, as the Friars played eight of their 16 league games against nationally ranked opponents, and finished with an 0-16 record (4-23 overall).
Yow comes from a long line of success in the world of collegiate athletics. She is the sister of Hall-of-Famer and longtime North Carolina State Head Coach, Kay Yow, and University of Maryland Athletic Director, Deborah Yow.
Coach Yow is a native of Gibsonville, North Carolina and is a 1976 graduate of Elon College. In her junior season at Elon, she captained the team and earned KODAK All-America honors. It marked the inagural season that a KODAK All-America Team was selected for women's basketball. Prior to her final season of collegiate basketball, she accompanied her sister, Kay, to North Carolina State and played her final season of collegiate basketball for the Wolfpack. In one season at NC State, Yow became the first Wolfpack women's basketball player ever to be named to the KODAK All-America Team, marking the second time Yow earned the honor. She led the team in scoring (19.4 ppg), rebounding (11.9 rpg), field goal percentage (.584) and free throw percentage (.832). Yow also captained the team.
On September 25, 2002, Coach Yow was selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary Women's Basketball Team. The 51-member team was voted on by a 27-member, blue-ribbon committee that was selected by the league's 50th Anniversary Committee. North Carolina led all league schools with 11 members on the Golden Anniversary team, while Yow's alma mater, North Carolina State, was second with nine honorees.
As a member of the Anniversary Team, Yow joins such players as Dawn Staley (Virginia '92), Alana Beard (Duke '02), Sylvia Crawley (North Carolina '94), Marion Jones (North Carolina '97), Chasity Melvin (NC State '98), Georgia Schweitzer (Duke '01) and Deanna Tate (Maryland '89). Yow's teammates on the 50th Anniversary Team all enjoyed stellar collegiate careers, and many are still playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas.
SUSAN YOW AT A GLANCE
Birthdate: August 5, 1954
Hometown: Gibsonville, N.C.
Education: Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Elon College, 1976
Coaching: Head Coach, Providence College, 2002-present
Assistant Coach, Charlotte Sting, WNBA, 2000-2001
Assistant Coach, Cleveland Rockers, WNBA, 1999-2000
Head Coach, North Carolina Wilmington, 1993-1997
Head Coach, Kansas State, 1990-1993
Head Coach, Drake University, 1986-1990
Assistant Coach, US Olympic Team - Seoul Olympics, 1988
Head Coach, Team USA - Olympic Sports Festival, 1983
Assistant Coach, Team USA - Olympic Sports Festival, 1981
Head Coach, East Tennessee State, 1978-1986