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Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced on April 9, 2018, the hiring of Marlene Stollings as the seventh head coach of Lady Raider Basketball. Stollings comes to Lubbock after four record-setting seasons at the University of Minnesota.
Stollings has a history of turnaround success having transformed three programs in her head coaching career. Most recently, she led the Minnesota Gophers to remarkable success, some of which had not been seen in over a decade. A portion of the highlights include four WNBA Draft picks (two were Top 5 selections), two Big Ten Players of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, three 20-win seasons and three postseason appearances. This past season, Stollings team tied a school record with four wins over Top-25 programs and engineered the best season the Gophers had experienced in 13 years finishing with 24 wins. She led the Gophers to the NCAA second round which was a first for the program in nine years.
Stollings is known as one of the best offensive minds in women’s college basketball, she set records at Minnesota that had never before been reached in the program’s 47-year history. Most notably, points in a season (2,803), points per game (84.9 ranking third nationally), field goals made (997), and fewest turnovers (412) in a season. Additionally, the school record 297 3-pointers made were the second most in Big Ten Conference history.
Stollings ranks as the second-fastest coach to accumulate 50 wins in Minnesota history and reached her 100th win in 2016.
Associate Head Coach
Lady Raider Basketball Head Coach Marlene Stollings announced the hiring of Nikita (Niki) Lowry Dawkins as Associate Head Coach on April 18, 2018.
A 26-year coaching veteran and four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, Dawkins joins the Lady Raider staff after four years at Minnesota under Stollings.
Under her watch, Minnesota had two of the best posts in school history. Amanda Zahui B. was named a first-team All-American by WBCA, the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and ESPNW. She was the Big Ten Player of the Year after the 2014-15 season and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team.
Shae Kelley also earned a spot on the media's All-Big Ten First Team and the coaches' All-Big Ten Second Team.
Both Zahui B., the No. 2 overall pick by the Tulsa Shock, and Kelley (third round pick of the Minnesota Lynx) were selected in the 2015 WNBA Draft.
In 2015-16, Dawkins' tutelage helped the Gophers break a 34-year-old program record as they averaged 83.6 points per game to rank fourth in the nation. Minnesota's 2,676 points broke the program record set in the first year under Stollings' staff. Rachel Banham earned Big Ten Player of the Year, All-America First Team and Wooden Award Top-Five honors before being selected fourth overall in the WNBA Draft.