Texas Tech fires Lady Raider coach Marlene Stollings

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FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Texas Tech head coach Marlene Stollings reacts to a play in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor in Waco Texas. Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in USA Today. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas — On Thursday, Texas Tech University Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt announced that Marlene Stollings was terminated effective immediately as head coach of the Lady Raiders basketball team.

The announcement came less than two full days after USA Today published an article nationwide that accused the Lady Raider basketball program of abusive behavior.

Sexual harassment of players was on the list of allegations brought by USA Today.

USA Today said three players claimed Stollings retaliated against players for bringing complaints by holding tougher practices.

In the article Stollings was quoted as saying, “I want our students, fans and alumni to know we are committed to winning championships at Texas Tech and doing it the right way through hard work, accountability and fierce determination.”

On Wednesday, Hocutt released a statement on the Texas Tech women’s basketball program where he said there is nothing more important to Texas Tech and him personally than the experience of the school’s student-athletes.

“I met with the Lady Raider basketball team this afternoon for more than an hour and subsequently with the team and coaching staff for more than two hours,” Hocutt said. “We will continue our conversation tomorrow to work through concerns about our program as we seek a path forward to make sure we are providing an environment to educate, serve and grow our student-athletes.”

In an interview with an EverythingLubbock.com reporter, Angel Hayden, a former Lady Raider Basketball player, shared her experience with head coach Marlene Stollings.

“We’ve never had coaching staff–whether it was in high school, whether you were old or transfer–had coaches treat you like you were so dumb,” Hayden said.

Stollings signed a six-year contract worth $4.5 million back in 2018. As part of that contract, her base pay was $720,000 per year.

Stollings record in two seasons with Texas Tech was 31 wins and 27 losses.

Prior to her time with the Lady raiders, she was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. She was able to take the Minnesota women’s team to the second round of the NCAA postseason tournament.

The following is a release from Texas Tech Athletics:

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has announced the termination of Lady Raider basketball head coach Marlene Stollings effective immediately.

Hocutt will host a Zoom press conference Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Additional information regarding the press conference will be released on Friday morning.

Related Article: USA Today makes claims of abuse in the Lady Raider basketball program

Related Article: Kirby Hocutt speaks on Lady Raider basketball program concerns

Related Article: Former Lady Raider Basketball players share their experience with head coach Marlene Stollings

The video above is from Wednesday (August 5). The video below is from April 2018.

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