Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Wednesday the hiring of Cindy Stein as the head coach of Saluki women's basketball.
The 10th head coach in program history, Stein brings 16 years of head coaching experience with a combined record of 282-206 at Illinois Central College, the University of Missouri and Emporia State University. A proven winner and a former NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, Stein has made an immediate impact in each of her previous head coaching stints.
"Cindy has won at every level she has been at, she has a demonstrated history of turning around programs and getting to postseason play, and she has deep roots in the state of Illinois," Moccia said. "I look forward to coach Stein's tenure and I know she will be a great addition to the southern Illinois community and Saluki Athletics."
"I am so excited to be part of the Saluki family and look forward to getting to know the team, the staff, alumni and the community that all encompass Southern Illinois University," Stein said. "My staff and I will promise to put together a team that we all can embrace and be proud of academically as well as athletically."
Stein comes to Carbondale after leading Illinois Central College to a 32-4 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA Division II national tournament during her lone season at the school in 2012-13. Stein turned around an ICC team that went 16-16 the year before her arrival.
Prior to ICC, Stein spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Missouri where she led the Tigers to 185 wins between 1998 and 2010. Stein inherited a Mizzou team that went 11-16 in 1997-98 and led the Tigers to a 22-10 record with a Sweet 16 run by her third year in 2000-01.
Stein's tenure at Mizzou saw the Tigers make seven total postseason appearances with three NCAA Tournament bids and four WNIT appearances. Stein's players at Mizzou earned a combined 24 All-Big 12 honors with four First-Team selections, and she coached five Tigers that were selected in the WNBA Draft. Additionally, Mizzou players earned a combined 46 Academic All-Big 12 honors under Stein's watch.
Stein spent three seasons as the head coach at Emporia State prior to Mizzou, turning the Hornets from a sub-.500 team into a Division II national title contender. After going 12-14 in Stein's first season at ESU in 1995-96, the Hornets improved to 20-10 the following season before going 33-1 and finishing as the national runner up in 1997-98.
Following ESU's run to the title game, Stein was named the National Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Molten Division II Bulletin and the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. She was also selected as the 1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year and the District VI Coach of the Year.
Page 2 of 2 - Prior to her head coaching experience, Stein was an assistant coach at Illinois (1993-95), Bradley (1988-1993), Cincinnati (1987-88) and Miami University (1986-87). Stein began her foray into coaching as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan from 1984-86.
A native of Peoria, Ill., Stein played collegiately at Illinois from 1981-83 after two years at Illinois Central College from 1979-81. Stein helped the Illini to the 1982 NCAA Tournament, and she still holds several Illinois assists records. A junior college All-American, Stein also helped ICC to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA national tournament.
Stein has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Illinois and a master's degree in physical education from Central Michigan.
Stein and the University agreed to a five-year contract that will pay her $149,000 annually during her first two years, $155,000 in years three and four, and $160,000 in year five.