2 The 2015 WNBA Draft marked the first time two Gophers were chosen
23 The Gophers' 23 wins in 2014-15 were the most in 10 years
214 Minnesota made a school-record 214 3-pointers in 2014-15
2,514 The 2014-15 Gophers set a program record with 2,514 points
22 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
75.8 VCU averaged a school-record 75.8 points per game in 2013-14
38 Stollings' first recruiting class at VCU ranked 38th nationally
18 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
1 Named Big South Conference Coach of the Year in her first season as a head coach
41 Her 41 points scored in a single game remains a program-record at Ohio University
3,514 Stollings scored 3,514 points at Beaver-Eastern High School, the most points by any boy or girl in Ohio high school basketball history
19 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
In 2014-15, Marlene Stollings had one of the best seasons of any first-year head coach in Minnesota women’s basketball history. She led the Golden Gophers to a 23-10 record (11-7 Big Ten) and to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.
Minnesota’s 23 wins were the most wins in 10 years, and its 11 Big Ten wins were the most in six years. The Gophers’ 22 regular-season wins were the second-most in program history.
Under Stollings’ guidance, the Gophers vaulted back into the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in nine years. Their No. 21 ranking on Dec. 20 was their highest spot in the AP Poll in nine seasons.
Stollings’ inaugural year with the Maroon and Gold was capped by two WNBA Draft selections, as Big Ten Player of the Year and All-American center Amanda Zahui B. (second overall) and All-Big Ten forward Shae Kelley were selected (35th overall).
Stollings led Minnesota to its best-ever 18-game start, opening the season with a 16-2 mark. Her 14-1 start tied the best 15-game record by a first-year coach. Stollings is the program’s only first-year coach to start 3-0 in conference play, and to post two 100-plus-point games.
OFF TO A GOOD START Stollings was named Minnesota women’s basketball’s 11th head coach on April 7, 2014. She immediately set to work implementing her system, and the Gophers responded with some of the best numbers in program history.
The 2014-15 Gophers set team records for points (2,514), field goals (920), field goal attempts (2,145), 3-point field goals (214), 3-point field goal attempts (668), assists (582) and blocks (194). Individual season records included Shayne Mullaney’s assists average (7.5), and Amanda Zahui B.’s blocks (135), rebounds (426) and defensive rebounds (299).
Zahui B. was a finalist for the Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy, also making the John R. Wooden Award national ballot. The media’s Big Ten Player of the Year was the first Gopher to earn that honor since 2002 and the program’s first All-America First Team selection since 2005. Shae Kelley made the All-Big Ten First Team, and Carlie Wagner was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Earlier in the season, Stollings was nominated for espnW’s Midseason Coach of the Year Award, and the Gophers were named espnW’s Midseason Surprise for their play following 2014 All-Big guard Rachel Banham’s injury.
For the first time ever, multiple Gophers were selected in the same WNBA Draft when Zahui B. and Kelley were picked. Zahui B. went second overall to the Tulsa Shock and Kelley went to the Minnesota Lynx with the 35th pick.
Among their 23 wins, the Gophers rattled off several impressive streaks. Their 10-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Jan. 4 was their best since 2003-04. Minnesota’s six straight true road wins from Nov. 23 to Jan. 15 were its most in a row since 2002-03, and tied for fourth-most in the NCAA during that time.
HISTORY OF TURNAROUND SUCCESS Prior to her arrival in Minneapolis, Stollings spent two successful years at Virginia Commonwealth University where she led the Rams in one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2013-14. 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. Stollings was 33-29 overall at VCU.
Before VCU, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season (18-13) in the last 26 years of the program. She was selected 2012 Big South Conference Coach of the Year in her first year as a collegiate head coach. Stollings guided Winthrop to more than 40 team and individual school records. Her 18 wins were the most by any first-year coach in program history.
FAST-PACED OFFENSE Stollings is known for infusing a fun and fast-paced style of play into her programs, and her first season at Minnesota was no exception. The Gophers averaged 76.2 points per game, their highest average since the 2002-03 season and fifth-highest all-time.
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.
At Winthrop, Stollings' team 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.
EARLY COACHING DAYS 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.).
ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL During her career, Stollings has seen tremendous success on the recruiting trail. Her first signee at Minnesota was highly-recruited transfer Shae Kelley, who went on to earn All-Big Ten recognition and be selected in the WNBA Draft.
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.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION 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, who was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2015, began her collegiate playing career at Ohio State University. 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 degree in business administration in marketing and a bachelor of science degree in sport industry.