Lady Bears legend Jackie Stiles admitted today that she wanted the head coaching position at Missouri State before taking a position as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
Stiles made the revelation during a radio interview today with Hall of Fame broadcaster Art Hains.
“I did pursue it and Missouri State went in a different direction,” Stiles told Hains.
Stiles told Hains that when the job opened up that she knew she had to pursue it and that a “fire was really lit in me.”
Stiles says her goal now is to grow as a coach. She indicated during her discussion with Hains that learning under a Hall of Fame coach like Sherri Coale was too much of a benefit to pass up. Coale and Stiles were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame together in 2016.
She also indicated she felt Missouri State wanted someone with more experience for their new head coach. She said she was thankful for her time at Missouri State as an assistant coach.
The coach hired by Missouri State, Amaka Agugua-Hamilton, and MSU Athletic Director Kyle Moats both had publicly stated that they wanted Stiles to return to the team as an assistant coach.