LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders introduced Marlene Stollings as their new head coach on Wednesday.
Stollings has turned around programs at Wofford, Virginia Commonwealth and most recently Minnesota, who went 24-9 this past season, making the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. She's confident she can turn around Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders went 7-23 last season, including 1-17 in the Big 12,
"I am so honored and incredibly humbled to be the Lady Raiders head coach. From the moment I met Kirby Hocutt, I was sold. The reason I was sold is we share the same vision for this program. We share a vision of winning again. Winning Big 12 Titles again and winning a National Championship again. We all know this program has done it and I took this job believing that we can and will do it again."
Stollings says she came to a Lady Raider game probably 12 years ago when Marsha Sharp was the coach and she remembers the huge crowd. She wants to get this program back on top.
"Lady Raider Nation, we are going to win again. I'm going to have a staff in here the next couple of weeks that will be sprinting. We are going to make you very, very proud."
Stollings says it's important not to live in the past. The current players and incoming players must believe in the process and embrace change. Stollings says her previous three programs were able to do that.
Stollings says to expect a fun up-tempo style of basketball for the Lady Raiders.
"We are going to try and break some records and there are some tough ones to break. The up-tempo style is putting people into positions to be successful individually within the team structure and system. Pace matters. A lot of our offense is generated off our defense. We love to shoot the three ball."