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Picking up the pace

Robin Pingeton

Robin Pingeton was announced the new women's basketball coach April 8, 2010. Photo courtesy of Mizzou Athletics

Fast. Up-tempo. Fun to watch. Sound familiar? If it seems new women’s basketball Coach Robin Pingeton has taken a page from men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson’s Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball, it may not be entirely coincidental. The former Illinois State University coach’s 2009–10 season ended with a WNIT semifinal run, and Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden noticed.

“There are a lot of similarities between where she’s been, what she’s done — that style of play — and what we’re trying to accomplish in Columbia,” he says.

Pingeton’s hire was announced April 8, 2010, to a packed house that included football Coach Gary Pinkel, wrestling Coach Brian Smith, gymnastics Coach Rob Drass, and Anderson at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena. If the enthusiasm of that crowd is a precursor, Tiger fans should be optimistic.

Pingeton is a self-proclaimed “Christian who happens to coach.” She brings with her a 338-157 (.683) career coaching record, a three-person staff from ISU and the motion offense. Summed up: “Shoot the ball before you turn it over,” Pingeton joked.

“It has been our dream as a staff to coach at an institution that can truly compete for a national championship,” she says. “We think this is a place that can get it done. Mizzou is a gold mine.”

Mining that gold starts with what Alden called “shutting down the borders,” and Pingeton’s Midwestern roots and winning personality will go a long way in making sure the most talented Missouri players stay in Missouri.

The current players are pumped, too.

“She’s very outgoing and jubilant,” says junior forward BreAnna Brock of San Antonio. “I love that she’s a Christian. God is at the head of my life, so I appreciate that.”