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Minnesota hires Marlene Stollings as women's coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has hired Marlene Stollings from VCU as the 11th coach in the history of the women's basketball program.

The university scheduled an introductory news conference for Tuesday.

"Her up-tempo style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record are undeniable," Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday. "I am excited for our student-athletes and fans, as Marlene will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."

Stollings has four seasons as a head coach on her resume, the last two at VCU. After the Rams went 11-19 her first year, they improved to 22-10 with a spot in the WNIT. Stollings guided a turnaround at Winthrop in 2011-12, too, when the Eagles posted their second winning season in the past 26 years of the program. She was the interim head coach at New Mexico State in 2002-03.

The 1998 graduate of Ohio University, who started her college playing career at Ohio State, has also been an assistant at Mississippi, Saint Louis, Wright State, New Mexico State and Jacksonville. Stollings had a record-setting career at Eastern High School in Beaver, Ohio, and still holds the state's all-time scoring record for either gender with 3,514 points -- ahead of LeBron James, who had 2,657 points.

In a statement provided by the university, Stollings thanked Teague and President Eric Kaler for their belief in her vision. Teague came from VCU, too, but he had already taken over the Gophers when Stollings was hired there.

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