University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today the hiring of Marlene Stollings as the 11th head coach in the history of the Golden Gopher women's basketball program.
is the daughter of Curtis and Ramona (Leist) Stollings of Beaver, Ohio.
is one of the most respected young coaches in the country and we are thrilled to have her
leading the Minnesota women's basketball program," Teague said.
up-tempo style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record are undeniable.
I am excited for our student-athletes and fans, as Marlene
will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."
Known for infusing a fun and fast-paced style of play into her
offensive-minded game shattered scoring records and brought unprecedented success in each of her
first two head coaching stops.
first year as a collegiate head coach, Stollings
guided the 2011-12 Winthrop squad to more than 40 team and individual school records and only its second winning season (18-13) in 26 years.
Selected 2012 Big South Conference Coach of the Year, her
18 wins were the most by any first-year coach in program history.
Stollings' aggressive style paid off as Winthrop
averaged a program-record 69.6 points per game, ranked 10th nationally with an average of 7.6 three-point field goals per game and posted 80 or more points a school-record nine times.
"I am extremely proud to be named the head coach at the University of Minnesota," Stollings said.
"I want to thank President Eric Kaler and Director of Athletics Norwood Teague for believing in my vision for the future of this storied program and for giving me this opportunity.
Minnesota has great tradition and I cannot wait to be part of it.
I am looking forward to meeting the team and great fans of Gopher basketball."
Prior to joining the Eagles, Stollings served as an assistant at Southeastern Conference power Ole Miss from 2007-11, while serving the final season as the Rebels' associate head coach.
more than decade-long coaching and recruiting career also includes stops at Saint Louis, Wright State, New Mexico State and Jacksonville (Fla.).
has seen tremendous success on the recruiting trail.
Shortly after being named head coach at VCU, Stollings assembled a six-player recruiting class that ranked 38th nationally and third-highest among non-BCS programs.
As an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Stollings helped sign the 2009 class, arguably the best recruiting class in nearly 30 years, including Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year and Mississippi Miss Basketball Valencia McFarland.
had two additional classes ranked in the top-50 in 2010 (42nd) and 2011 (39th), during her
tenure with the Rebels
Stollings began her collegiate playing career at Ohio State University where she was a two-time scholar athlete for the Buckeyes.
then transferred to Ohio University
earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors after finishing eighth in the nation and leading the league in scoring at 22.9 points per game her
She served as team captain for the Bobcats and earned Kodak All-American honorable mention honors in 1998.
remains in the Ohio University record books with 10 three-point baskets and 41 points scored in a single game.
Considered one of the finest scorers to ever play in the basketball-rich state of Ohio (Beaver-Eastern HS), Stollings
was a two-time Division III High School Player of the Year and four-time conference Player of the Year.
earned Kodak All-American honors her
senior season and her
name appears more than 30 times in the OHSAA
(Ohio High School Athletic Association) record book.
still holds the state high school basketball scoring record (boys and girls) with 3,514 points, ahead of LeBron James' 2,657.
A native of Beaver, Ohio, Stollings graduated in 1998 from Ohio University where she earned a bachelor's of business administration in marketing and a bachelor's of science in sport industry.