One of the most successful coaches in the history of women's basketball, Marianne Stanley enters her fourth season at the helm of the University of California. A 20-year coaching veteran and winner of FIVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS as a player and coach, Stanley was hired at Cal on April 11, 1996.
Stanley, 45, has compiled an impressive 404-207 (.661) record in her 20 years as a head coach. With 404 career wins, she is tied for 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's head coaches. On Jan. 28, 1999, at home against Arizona State (74-60), she tied for the 12th-youngest coach, at age 44, to hit the 400-win plateau.
Stanley has earned four conference coach of the year honors and national coach of the year RECOGNITION twice, in 1979 with Old Dominion and 1996 with Stanford.
A proven winner in her 24 years as a player and coach, Stanley has taken her teams to 17 postseason appearances and competed in 10 Final Fours. She has guided her teams to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, with a record of 20-8, and her mark of three national titles is second only to Tennessee's Pat Summitt, who has won six national crowns.
Stanley arrived in Berkeley in 1996 after helping lead Stanford to a Final Four appearance as co-head coach during the 1995-96 season. Stanley and Amy Tucker, who both earned UPI national and Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year honors that year, directed Stanford to a 29-3 record during Tara VanDerveer's one-year absence to coach the U.S. Olympic team.
During Stanley's first season at Cal in 1996-97, she hit the recruiting trails hard and signed the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation. That class, now juniors, is primed to lead Cal to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993. Cal's improvement is beginning to parallel the success Stanley had at the University of Southern California (1989-93), where she signed two top 10 recruiting classes and rebuilt the program from an 8-19 record in her first season to three-consecutive NCAA appearances.
The Bears are coming off their best season in six years. They finished the 1998-99 campaign with a 12-15 overall record and tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with a 6-12 mark. Their total wins, conference wins and Pac-10 finish were the best since the 1992-93 season.
Stanley began her coaching career at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., in the 1977-78 season and proceeded to win two national titles in her first three campaigns. The Lady Monarchs went 30-4 and won the National Women's Invitational Tournament in Stanley's first season. The next two years were nearly perfect, as the team went 35-1 in 1979 and 37-1 in 1980, winning back-to-back AIAW national championships.
At the age of 24 in 1979, Stanley became the youngest NCAA Division I women's basketball coach to guide a team to a national championship. Her nearest challenger to that distinction is Summitt, who led Tennessee to the national title at the age of 31.
Old Dominion maintained its prominence as a top 10 program for all of Stanley's tenure, and the Lady Monarchs captured their third national championship in 1985, posting a 31-3 record to win the NCAA title.
After two seasons in the Ivy League at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-89), Stanley debuted in the Pacific-10 at USC in 1989-90. She took the Trojans to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1992. One of Stanley's first recruits at USC was Lisa Leslie, a 1996 U.S. Olympian. Leslie earned National Freshman of the Year honors in 1991 and was named National Player of the Year as a senior.
Many players have thrived under Stanley's tutelage, with athletes earning National Player of the Year honors three times - Nancy Lieberman at ODU in 1979 and '80, and Anne Donovan at ODU in 1983. Four others were named Wade Trophy finalists. Her players have earned All-America honors on 19 occasions, including 10 Kodak All-Americans. Her charges have fared well in the classroom as well, with student-athletes earning first team GTE Academic All-America citations three times - Chris Critelli in 1980, and Donovan in 1982 and '83.
In addition, both Lieberman (1996) and Donovan (1995) have earned basketball's highest honor, induction into the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Critelli, who also played under Stanley at ODU, was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in Almonte, Ontario, Canada, in 1998. Other notable players Stanley has coached include ODU standouts Medina Dixon (1992 Olympian), Tracy Claxton (1985 Final Four MVP) and Adrienne Goodson (WNBA's Utah Starzz).
Stanley also has extensive experience coaching at the national team level, boasting a record of 47-13 with 10 different U.S. teams. That record includes gold medals as an assistant coach at the 1993 World Championships in Brazil, the 1986 Goodwill Games and World Championships in Russia.
In addition to her coaching accomplishments, Stanley was an outstanding player in her own right. As a two-time All-America guard at Immaculata College (Pa.), Stanley led her team to four-consecutive AIAW national championship games (1973-76), while winning the AIAW national championship in 1973 and 1974.
Stanley earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Immaculata in 1976 and attended Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business continuing studies program. She was inducted into the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame on April 22, 1995.
Stanley has one daughter, Michelle, who is married and resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
Marianne Stanley's Head Coaching Record
|1977-78||Old Dominion||30-4||NWIT Champion|
|1978-79||Old Dominion||35-1||AIAW National Champion|
|1979-80||Old Dominion||37-1||AIAW National Champion|
|1980-81||Old Dominion||28-7||AIAW Final Four (3rd Place)|
|1981-82||Old Dominion||22-6||NCAA East Regional|
|1982-83||Old Dominion||29-6||NCAA Final Four|
|1983-84||Old Dominion||24-5||NCAA East Regional Final|
|1984-85||Old Dominion||31-3||NCAA National Champion|
|1986-87||Old Dominion||18-13||NCAA Second Round|
|1990-91||USC||18-12||NCAA Second Round|
|1991-92||USC||23-8||NCAA West Regional Final|
|1992-93||USC||22-7||NCAA Second Round|
|1995-96||Stanford||29-3||NCAA Final Four|
|TOTALS - 20 years||404-207 (.661)|