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Former WCBB Coach Marlene Stollings, Texas Tech Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

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Former Texas Tech women’s basketball head coach Marlene Stollings has already reached funds with the institution carrying out a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

Per USA Today‘s Josh Peters, the settlement came after Stollings and the university filed a joint motion to stay on Wednesday and a judge dismissed the case on Thursday.

Stollings filed a lawsuit contrary to the school and athletic director Kirby Hocutt in October 2020, 8 weeks after she was fired by this program. She said the firing was because of “discriminatory biases against female coaches” and in addition accused the institution of fraudulent inducement, fraud, breach of contract and defamation.

Texas Tech announced Stollings’ firing on Aug. 6, 2020, 1 day after USA Today‘s Jori Epstein and Daniel Libit published a written report with allegations of abuse and a toxic culture during her two seasons with this program.

In the report, multiple Red Raiders players said Stollings and the coaching staff would call players “disgusting,” “trash,” “fat pig,” “grossly out of shape” and “grossly disproportional.”

Three international players told Epstein and Libit these were targeted by coaches and ridiculed over their English language skills.

Among the players, Marcella Lamark, who’s from Brazil, said Stollings called her “dangerous” to teammates and gave her instructions to consume and train in isolation.

In accordance with Peter, Stollings argued in her lawsuit contrary to the school that “two internal reviews conducted by the institution prior to the investigation was published cleared her of the allegations.”

Peter noted Stollings was under contract through March 2024 during her dismissal.

Stollings was hired by Texas Tech on April 9, 2018. She took the work after resigning from the University of Minnesota, where she spent four seasons as head coach.

The 47-year-old Stollings went 32-28 overall at Texas Tech (11-25 in the Big 12). She didn’t make the NCAA tournament with the Red Raiders. She’s a 164-117 career record in 10 seasons as a head coach with four different programs.

Krista Gerlich replaced Stollings as head coach at Texas Tech. She actually is 21-34 overall in two seasons with this program.

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