Along the lines of ‘Well duh”, Jim Sterk and the Missouri Athletic Department have extended the contract for Robin Pingeton through the 2024-25 season.
Pingeton has built up a fairly moribund program since her arrival in 2010. She took two years to reach the post season, netting three straight WNIT appearances before breaking through in 2015-16 into the NCAA tournament. Pingeton’s breakthrough aligned with her recruiting, namely the arrival of Sophie Cunningham, who has proven to be a program ambassador as well as it’s best player.
In 2017-18, Pingeton led Mizzou to its third straight NCAA Tournament and a 24-8 record, the Tigers’ most wins since the 1983-84 campaign. The 24 victories marked Mizzou’s third consecutive season with at least 22 wins, a feat which had not been accomplished in Columbia since 1982-85. In SEC play, Mizzou won 11 games for the second straight season and finished tied-for-fourth in the SEC. Mizzou’s 22 wins in conference play in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons are the most in a two year span since Mizzou won 24 over the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons. Mizzou reached as high as No. 11 in the Associated Press Top-25 during the 2017-18 season, its highest ranking since 1984, and No. 9 in the Coaches Poll, its highest ranking in program history. A program-record 11,092 fans were in attendance at Mizzou Arena on Feb. 18, 2018, as the Tigers downed No. 11 Tennessee, 77-73.
This stretch says it all. Mizzou Womens basketball, under Coach Pingeton, has become a nationally recognized brand. They compete in the toughest league in the country and are amongst the giants in the league. That’s a heckuva thing to pull off.
And in case some expected a dip once Sophie leaves, Pingeton has another elite recruiting class coming in with Aijha Blackwell (a top 10 prospect), and Hayley Frank (a top 30 prospect) set to join the fray.
Congrats Coach Pingeton on the contract extension.