Marlene Stollings  
Marlene  Stollings

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Ohio University, '98


Marlene Stollings Feature

Go behind the scenes with Gopher head coach Marlene Stollings.


Behind the Scenes with Coach Stollings

Go behind the scenes with head coach Marlene Stollings in this special video from Gopher Digital Productions.

2014-present - Minnesota
Head Coach
2012-14 - VCU
Head Coach (33-29 Record)
2011-12 - Winthrop
Head Coach (18-13 Record)
2010-11 - Ole Miss
Associate Head Coach
2007-10 - Ole Miss
Assistant Coach
2005-07 - Saint Louis
Assistant Coach
2003-04 - Wright State
Assistant Coach
2002-03 - New Mexico State
Interim Head Coach
2001-02 - New Mexico State
Assistant Coach
2000-01 - Jacksonville
Assistant Coach
Stollings takes over as the 11th head coach
in the history of the Golden Gopher women's
basketball program
VCU averaged a school-record
75.8 points per game in 2013-14
Stollings led the Rams to the 12th-largest
win increase in the country last season
VCU connected on a program-record 235
three-point field goals in 2013-14
The Rams scored 90 or more points
five times in 2013-14 under Stollings
VCU's 22 wins in 2013-14 were the third-most
in program-history and gave the Rams their
sixth 20-win season all-time
Stollings' first recruiting class at VCU
ranked 38th nationally
Winthrop posted 18 wins in Stollings' first
season, which was the second-most in the
program's 26-year history and the most
for a first-year head coach
Named Big South Conference Coach of the
Year in her first season as a head coach
The Eagles scored 80 or more points a
school-record nine times under Stollings
Her 41 points scored in a single game
remains a program-record at Ohio University
Stollings scored 3,514 points at Beaver-Eastern
High School, the most points by any boy or girl
in Ohio high school basketball history
February 19, 2014 was declared Marlene
Stollings Day in Pike County, Ohio
Club ABB Baden (Switzerland), 1998-99
Ohio University, 1995-98
Ohio State University, 1993-95
Ohio University, 1998
B.B.A in Marketing
Ohio University, 1998
B.S. in Sport Industry
Beaver-Eastern High School, 1993

Marlene Stollings was named the 11th head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball program on April 7, 2014, following two successful years at Virginia Commonwealth University where she led the Rams to a 33-29 record and one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2013-14. Prior to that, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season in the last 26 years of the program.

Stollings is known for infusing a fun and fast-paced style of play into her programs, with her offensive-minded game shattering scoring records and bringing unprecedented success in each of her first two head coaching stops.

In 2013-14, VCU's offensive production surged under Stollings' system, as the team set school records with a 75.8 points-per-game average and 235 three-point field goals. The Rams scored 90 or more points on five occasions and twice notched a school-record 112 points over the course of the year.

The team posted a 22-10 overall record and earned a berth in the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). VCU's 22 wins were the third-most in program history and gave the Rams just their sixth 20-win season in school history.

In her 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.

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. Her more than decade-long coaching and recruiting career also includes stops at Saint Louis, Wright State, New Mexico State and Jacksonville (Fla.).

During her career, Stollings 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. Included among that recruiting class was Camille Calhoun, a guard/forward who was listed as a four-star recruit and among the top 100 recruits in the country.

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. Ole Miss had two additional classes ranked in the top-50 in 2010 (42nd) and 2011 (39th), during her tenure with the Rebels.

Prior to pursuing a career as a college coach, Stollings played one season professionally for Club ABB Baden in Switzerland. While playing professionally in Europe, Stollings coached a men's club team to an undefeated season. She was later invited to the WNBA's Utah Starzz training camp in 1999, and also played for the NWBL Mobile Majesty.

Stollings began her collegiate playing career at Ohio State University where she was a two-time scholar athlete for the Buckeyes. Stollings then transferred to Ohio University where she 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 senior year. She served as team captain for the Bobcats and earned Kodak All-American honorable mention honors in 1998. Stollings remains in the Ohio 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. She earned Kodak All-American honors her senior season and her name currently appears more than 30 times in the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) record books. Stollings 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.