Cindy Stein
    Cindy  Stein

    Peoria, Ill.

    Head Coach

    Alma Mater:
    Illinois, 1983


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    2015 SIU WBB Awards Banquet

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    Photos from Senior Day vs. Illinois State; March 7, 2015


    SIU WBB vs. Wichita State

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    Photo Gallery vs. Illinois



    Cindy Stein enters her second season as the head coach of the Salukis in 2014-15. She was named the 10th head coach in Southern Illinois women's basketball history on April 3, 2013. A proven winner and a former NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, Stein looks to make an immediate impact at SIU much like she has in each of her previous head coaching stints.

    At Southern Illinois
    Stein's inaugural team at SIU went 5-25 after a slew of bad breaks left the team with only nine available players for the entire MVC schedule. Despite playing without three players who figured to be major contributors, including preseason All-MVC guard Cartaesha Macklin, Stein improved the team's field-goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, scoring defense, rebound margin, blocks and assist-to-turnover ratio from the season before.

    She improved the team's conference win total from one to three, including an upset over eventual MVC regular-season and tournament champion Wichita State. Stein helped turn Dyana Pierre into a budding star in the Valley. Pierre averaged 14.0 points and an MVC-best 9.6 rebounds as a sophomore and became the first SIU player to earn first-team All-MVC recognition since 2006. Pierre is just the second SIU player to earn first-team All-Conference recognition since 2000.

    Stein also used her platform to give back to the community. The team auctioned off game-worn jerseys to raise more than $4,000 for the Hope is Home Campaign, which is Southern Illinois Healthcare's campaign for a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility in southern Illinois. She also began an annual Donate Life event at an SIU women's basketball game, which helps spread awareness for organ donation and allows fans to sign up as organ donors at a game.

    At Illinois Central College
    Stein came 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. Stein was named the NJCAA Region XX1V Coach of the Year following ICC's run.

    At Missouri
    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 who were selected in the WNBA Draft. Additionally, Mizzou players earned a combined 46 Academic All-Big 12 honors under Stein's watch.

    Following a 13-15 mark during her first season in Columbia, Mo., Stein's Tigers went 18-12 during the 1999-2000 season, marking the program's best record in seven seasons. The 1999-2000 Tigers also earned the program's first postseason berth since 1994 with a trip to the WNIT.

    Stein's third year saw Mizzou go to historic heights as the 2000-01 Tigers posted their best record in 13 years and made a run to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. Following the season, Amanda Lassister became Mizzou's first-ever first-round WNBA Draft pick when she was selected 15th overall by the Houston Comets while fellow Tiger Marlena "Pep" Williams was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round.

    Missouri ultimately made it to the postseason six-consecutive seasons with WNIT berths in 2001-02 and 2002-03 before capping the run with an NCAA Tournament berth in 2003-04. The Tigers also continued sending players into the professional ranks as three-time All-Big 12 selection Evan Unrau was selected in the third round of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.

    The 2005-06 season was another banner year for the program as the Tigers went 21-10 for their second 20-win season of Stein's tenure, and made it back to the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou had two more players selected in the WNBA draft following the 2005-06 season as LaToya Bond was selected by the Charlotte Sting in the second round and Christelle N'Garsanet was taken in the third.

    The 2006-07 Tigers gave Stein her sixth postseason win at Mizzou with a victory in the opening round of the WNIT. Stein coached Mizzou to the most postseason appearances and postseason wins in program history.

    At Emporia State
    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 her first season at ESU in 1995-96, the Hornets improved to 20-10 the following season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before going 33-1 and finishing as the national runner up in 1997-98.

    The 1997-98 Hornets went 16-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, earning MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Championships in advance of the historic run to the NCAA Division II title game. Stein coached two-time All-Americans Aneta Kausaite and Jurgita Kausaite at Emporia State in addition to recruiting All-Americans Emily Bloss and Tara Holloway, who both went on to earn National Player of the Year honors. Aneta Kausaite eventually became the first-ever Division II player to play in the WNBA.

    Following ESU's run to the 1997-98 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.

    Early Career/Playing Career
    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.

    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.

    Cindy Stein's Record
    Year School Record Conference Postseason
    1995-96 Emporia State 12-14 6-10 MIAA
    1996-97 Emporia State 20-10 11-7 MIAA NCAA DII 2nd Round
    1997-98 Emporia State 33-1 16-0 MIAA MIAA Reg. Season & Tourn. Champions, NCAA DII Runner-up
    1998-99 Missouri 13-15 5-11 Big 12
    1999-2000 Missouri 18-12 7-9 Big 12 WNIT 2nd Round
    2000-01 Missouri 22-10 10-6 Big 12 NCAA Sweet 16
    2001-02 Missouri 14-15 5-11 Big 12 WNIT 1st Round
    2002-03 Missouri 17-14 9-7 Big 12 WNIT Quarterfinals
    2003-04 Missouri 17-13 7-9 Big 12 NCAA 1st Round
    2004-05 Missouri 11-18 4-11 Big 12
    2005-06 Missouri 21-10 10-6 Big 12 NCAA 1st Round
    2006-07 Missouri 17-14 5-11 Big 12 WNIT 2nd Round
    2007-08 Missouri 10-21 4-12 Big 12
    2008-09 Missouri 13-17 4-12 Big 12
    2009-10 Missouri 12-18 2-14 Big 12
    2012-13 Illinois Central College 32-4 District/Region Champions, NJCAA DII 3rd Place
    2013-14 Southern Illinois 5-25 3-15 MVC
    Total 17 Seasons 287-231