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COMO YOU KNOW: Robin Pingeton

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 4:33 p.m. CDT; updated 6:58 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary:

Robin Pingeton is the head coach of the Missouri women's basketball team. She became the program's third coach in April 2010.

Factbox:

Graduated from: St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) class of 1990

Coaching experience: St. Ambrose University (1992-2000), Iowa State University (2000-2003) and Illinois State University (2003-2010)

Family: husband Rich and sons Blake, 7, and Zach, 2

Coaching honors: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Kodak District Coach of the Year (2000) and Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (2003)

Full Text:

Robin Pingeton was a two-sport (softball and basketball) all-American at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Her 2,502 career points still stand as the most in program history.

Just two years after graduating from St. Ambrose, Pingeton returned to her alma mater as the head coach. She spent eight seasons at St. Ambrose and led the team to five National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournaments, including two Elite Eight appearances. In her final year with the program (2000), she was named NAIA Kodak District Coach of the Year.

After three seasons as the associate head coach at Iowa State, Pingeton took over a struggling Illinois State program in 2003. Pingeton earned Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in her first season with the Redbirds while leading Illinois State to its first winning season in seven years. In seven years at Illinois State, her record was 144-81.

In April 2010, Pingeton was named the third head coach in Missouri women's basketball's 44-year history. The Tigers' recent woes continued during her first two seasons at Missouri, posting 13-18 records each year. However, her program showed signs of growth during its inaugural Southeastern Conference season in 2012-13. 

Missouri went 11-3 in non-conference play and made a splash in the SEC, taking down ranked opponents Tennessee and South Carolina. The team's WNIT appearance marked the program's first postseason birth in five seasons. 

Pingeton runs a motion offense and has recruited perimeter shooters. Her teams have consistently ranked among the conference lead in 3-point attempts and 3-point field goals per game.

Sources:

Biography on MU website

Updated: May 9, 2014


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