Stollings introduced as VCU women's coach

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three years ago, VCU made one of the most important hires in their athletic history, appointing Shaka Smart as the new men's basketball coach.  The school is hoping the hire they made Wednesday has a similar impact.

Marlene Stollings, the 2012 Big South Conference Coach of the Year at Winthrop University, has been named head women's basketball coach at VCU, Interim Director of Athletics David Benedict announced Tuesday.

Stollings's teams feature a run and gun offense - she said Wednesday that she believes good offense leads to good defense, and not the other way around.  VCU is hoping that will lead to getting more fans to come out and watch the women's basketball games, a proposition that has been difficult even when the team has been decent.

Stollings, the 13th coach in VCU Women's Basketball history, made a splash in her first and only previous year as a head coach in 2011-12, guiding Winthrop to more than 40 team and individual school records, including just the program's second winning season (18-13) in 26 years.  Prior to joining the Eagles, Stollings served as an assistant at Southeastern Conference power Ole Miss from 2007-11 with the final season as the Rebels' associate head coach.  Her more than decade-long coaching and recruiting career also includes stops in the Atlantic 10, Sun Belt and Horizon League.

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