Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of Minnesota announced
the hiring of Marlene Stollings as the 11th head women's basketball coach in
program history on Monday.
Stollings spent the last two seasons as the head coach at VCU and led the Rams to a 33-29 record. She replaces Pam Borton, who was fired Friday after guiding the Golden Gophers to a 236-152 record and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2004 Final Four berth, over 12 seasons on the sidelines.
"Marlene Stollings is one of the most respected young coaches in the country and we are thrilled to have her leading the Minnesota women's basketball program," Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said. "Her up-tempo style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record are undeniable. I am excited for our student-athletes and fans, as Marlene will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."
Prior to her stint at VCU, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12. Under Stollings, the Eagles posted just their second winning season in the last 26 years of the program.
"I am extremely proud to be named the head coach at the University of Minnesota," Stollings said. "I want to thank President Eric Kaler and Director of Athletics Norwood Teague for believing in my vision for the future of this storied program and for giving me this opportunity. Minnesota has great tradition and I cannot wait to be part of it. I am looking forward to meeting the team and great fans of Gopher basketball."
Stollings also served as an assistant coach at Ole Miss from 2007-2010 before being named associate head coach for the 2010-11 campaign.