MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2000
Marlene Stollings Named Women's Assistant Basketball Coach

Oct. 23, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marlene Stollings, the leading scorer in the history of Ohio high school basketball, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Jacksonville University, head coach Melissa Taketa announced today.

Stollings, who played collegiately at Ohio State and Ohio University after scoring 3,514 points as a prep athlete, begins her first season as a collegiate coach after a spending the last two years playing professional basketball and working various basketball camps and workshops.

"I think she's excited about coaching here at JU," Taketa said. "She's played the game at the highest level and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program. Marlene will be a valuable asset to the Dolphin program as we head into our second season."

Stollings played professionally Club Abb Baden in Baden, Switzerland during the 1999 season, and earned tryouts with the WNBA's Houston Comet's, Miami SOL and Utah Starzz. She also coached numerous club teams, including a men's 25-32 year-old squad while in Switzerland where she helped the team go undefeated and allowed several players to move up the next league level.

As a senior at OU in 1997-98, Stollings was voted team captain by her teammates and earned first-team All-Mid American Conference honors after finishing eighth in the nation and leading the league in scoring with a 22.9 point-per-game average. She hit a school-record 10 3-point baskets and scored an OU-record 41 points against Robert Morris on Dec. 30, 1997, and helped the Bobcats set a school record with seven consecutive wins en route to a 17-11 mark during the 1997-98 season.

As a prepster at Eastern High School in Pike County, Ohio, Stollings was named Ohio's Miss Basketball and was presented a resolution by both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives for academic and athletic achievement in 1993. Her 1,022 points that year was the second-highest single-season scoring total in state history. In her honor, Feb. 19 was declared Marlene Stolling Day in Pike County.

Stollings played for at Ohio State as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Ohio University in prior to the 1996-97 season where she completed her eligibility.

Off the court, Stollings was a two-time Scholar Athelte at Ohio State in 1994 and 1995 while earning Ohio University Alumni Scholar Athlete Citation and Dean's List honors in 1996. Stollings earned a B.A in marketing and a B.S. in Sport Industry from Ohio University in 1998.