Marianne Stanley Named Washington Mystics Head Coach

April 04, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 4, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Mystics of the WNBA announced today that Marianne Stanley who guided the Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs to three national championships and compiled a ten year winning percentage of .820 has been named head coach. Stanley will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on April 27th.

Prior to joining the Mystics as an assistant coach in 2001, Stanley was an assistant for the Los Angeles Sparks under head coach Michael Cooper. There she helped the Sparks to the playoffs during the 2000 season.

Stanley began her coaching career, after graduating from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania where the two-time All-American led her team to four consecutive AIAW National Championship games (1972-76) and two consecutive AIAW National Championship Titles (1973 and 1974) as the starting point guard.

Stanley became the head coach of the Lady Monarchs in 1977-78. As one of the youngest coaches in history, she guided such women's basketball talent as Anne Donovan (Current Charlotte Sting Head Coach), Inge Nissen, Medina Dixon, Tracy Claxton and Nancy Lieberman, and Adrienne Goodson four of whom were Kodak first team All-Americans.

In 1978-79, Stanley became the youngest NCAA Division I women's basketball coach to take a team to a national championship (age 24). Old Dominion won the AIAW title in 1979 and 1980. In 1985 the Lady Monarchs defeated Georgia for the NCAA National Championship. Stanley finished her career at ODU in 1987 and compiled a 269-59 (.820) record. The Lady Monarchs also reached the Final Four in 1981 (3rd place), and 1983.

After leaving Old Dominion, Stanley coached at Pennsylvania (1987-89), Southern California (1989-93), Stanford (1995-96), and California Berkeley (1996-2000). Overall, she compiled an impressive 415-224 (.64( collegiate record, earning four Conference Coach of the Year and two National Coach of the Year honors. Stanley was inducted into the Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stanley also served as a member of the US National Team coaching staff from 1981-93, earning three gold and two silver medals in the World Championships and Pan Am games. Stanley earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Immaculata in 1976. She has one daughter, Michelle, a son-in-law Jonathan, and a granddaughter, Madelyn Dixie.