FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University athletic director Murray Hartzler announced on Monday (May 31) the hiring of Kate Glusko as the university’s new head coach for women’s basketball. The announcement was made at a news conference at the Cottage on the FMU campus.
Glusko, 25, replaces Heather Macy, who left FMU to accept the head coaching position at East Carolina University after three seasons on the Patriot bench. Glusko becomes the 11th head coach in the storied history of the Francis Marion program, and the youngest new coach since Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell took over the coaching reigns as a 23-year-old in 1975.
The State College, Pa., native comes to Francis Marion after two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. This past season, the Lady Knights were 37-1, advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four, and ended the year ranked second in the national Top 25 poll. The 37 victories set a Division II record for wins in a season and most consecutive wins (37) in a single season. Gannon also won the PSAC championship and was ranked No. 1 for six weeks.
In 2008-09, Gannon was 26-5, advanced to the round of Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, was ranked 20th in the final Top 25 poll, and was 12th in the WBCA Top 25 Honor Roll with a 3.497 team grade point average.
Prior to joining the Lady Knights’ staff, Glusko served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Concord University for two seasons. Concord posted records of 20-9 in 2007-08 and 21-9 in 2006-07, the first time the program registered back-to-back 20-win seasons.
During her four seasons as an assistant coach, she helped develop two All-Americans, 14 All-Conference selections, and seven players who reached the 1,000-point plateau. Her teams posted a combined 104-24 record.
“This is an exciting day for Francis Marion University and Patriot women’s basketball,” Hartzler said. “We are thrilled to welcome coach Glusko to Florence and the FMU campus. Her hiring is the culmination of a search that included a highly qualified list of candidates. She is a rising star in the coaching profession, and she exhibits all the characteristics we were looking for.”
“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to become a part of the Francis Marion University family,” Glusko said. “I want to thank (FMU president) Dr. Carter, athletic director Hartzler, and the administration for the chance to lead the Patriot women’s basketball team. Francis Marion is a great university with an athletic program that competes in the highly competitive Peach Belt Conference – what more could I ask for.
“This program has a rich tradition on the national stage. My goal is to build on the foundation that Heather Macy and past coaching greats have built – to continue to field a Top-25 program that contends for the national championship. The women’s basketball program has experienced tremendous support through the past few seasons, from the president, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Florence community. I look forward to cultivating this aspect even deeper as we enter the 2010-11 campaign.”
Glusko is a 2006 graduate of West Virginia University, where she earned the bachelor of business administration degree in management (cum laude). As a 5-10 guard, she played on the 2003-04 WVU squad that was 21-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and the 2004-05 team that was 21-13 and appeared in the championship game of the WNIT. She suffered season-ending injuries as a freshman and senior. In the classroom, Glusko was a two-time Big East Academic All-Star and a four-time WVU Athletic Director honor roll member.
She later earned the master’s of education degree in behavioral science while at Concord.
She is a product of State College (Pa.) High School, where she was a two-time All-State performer. She set the school’s all-time scoring record with 1,630 points, while scoring in double figures 60 consecutive games and leading the Lady Little Lions to an 85-22 record and four straight appearances in the Pennsylvania State Quad-A Championships.
Glusko is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She will begin an immediate search to fill out her FMU staff.
The Francis Marion program has an all-time record of 750-354 in 37 seasons. The Patriots have captured two national championships, the 1982 AIAW Division II title and the 1986 NAIA title, and also advanced to the 1998 NCAA Division II Final Four. The program made five straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances between 1997 and 2001, in addition to appearances each of the past three seasons.
Francis Marion lost five seniors from this past season’s 27-5 squad ended the year ranked 20th nationally, and made the program’s third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Patriots were 16-2 in Peach Belt Conference play, placing second in the East Division standings.
PAST FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACHES
Name Years Record at FMU
Gayle Baker 1973-74 (1 year) 16-4 .800
Sherril York 1974-75 (1 year) 11-11 .500
Sylvia Hatchell 1975-86 (11 years) 272-80 .773
Trudi M. Lacey 1986-88 (2 years) 53-12 .815
Sherri A. Tynes 1988-90 (2 years) 43-16 .729
Steven M. Garber 1990-95 (5 years) 63-77 .450
Wes Moore 1995-98 (3 years) 69-20 .775
Lee Buchanan 1998-2002 (4 years) 92-29 .760
Valecia Tedder 2002-07 (5 years) 56-86 .394
Heather Macy 2007-10 (3 years) 75-19 .798