MINNEAPOLIS - They promised it wouldn't take long, and it didn't.
On Monday, just over a week after the firing of Pam Borton, the University of Minnesota (U of M) named Marlene Stollings as the 11th head coach in the history of the Golden Gopher women's basketball program.
Stollings comes to Minnesota after 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 her position at VCU Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season in the program's last 26 years.
"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," said U of M Athletic Director Norwood Teague in a written statement. "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."
The U of M named Stollings' up-tempo style and her prowess on the recruiting trail as big factors in the decision to hire her.
"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."
Minnesota will introduce Coach Stollings to the local media on Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in the Williams Arena Club Room.