fter participating in basketball programs through
Archbishop Prendergast High School and the
Catholic Youth Organization, Marianne Crawford
Stanley went on to play for Immaculata’s Mighty Macs.
Her performance as a point guard helped them achieve
their 1973 and 1974 national championships, and she
was twice named a Kodak All-American in basketball.
After graduating from Immaculata in 1976, Stanley
began coaching and later came to Old Dominion
University. She spent nine years there, leading
her team to three national championships and
achieving an unbelievable .820 winning percentage.
Stanley coached at the University of Pennsylvania,
the University of Southern California, Stanford
University, and the University of California,
Berkeley, developing a reputation as a skilled
coach, an exceptional tactician, and a champion
of equal pay for men’s and women’s coaches.
In addition to coaching college teams, Stanley
has coached WNBA teams, such as the
Washington Mystics, the New York Liberty,
and the Los Angeles Sparks. She has also led
teams to gold medals in the 1983 Goodwill
Games and the 1986 World Championships.
Stanley was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year
in 2002, and she was inducted into the Women’s
Basketball Hall of Fame in that same year.
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