Marianne Stanley began her coaching career in the fall of 1977 at Old Dominion University. She was fresh out of college, and only a few seasons removed from winning back-to-back national championships as a player at Immaculata when she coached the Lady Monarchs to the 1979 AIAW national title. She was named AIAW National Coach of the Year for her efforts. One season later, the coaching prodigy doubled down to win a second consecutive AIAW crown for the program. By the end of the 1984-85 season, Stanley was already a three-time national championship coach, the third title coming under the umbrella of the NCAA. Since those early days, Stanley has continued to make coaching her life’s work. She coached at the University of Pennsylvania for two seasons before heading west where she led Stanford to the 1996 NCAA Final Four and USC to the Elite Eight in 1992. In 2002, Stanley was again a rookie coach, this time in the WNBA where she earned Coach of the Year honors her first season.