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.
The Movement has been in full effect during Coach Marlene’s first season at the helm of Lady Raider Basketball. The Lady Raiders have already surpassed last season’s win total, and their play has garnered national attention. Under Coach Marlene’s guidance, Chrislyn Carr has amassed three Big 12 Freshman of the Week Honors as well as one USBWA National Freshman of the Week. Stay up-to-date with all Lady Raider Basketball news by visiting texastech.com
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