Coach Bio

Marianne Stanley
College - Immaculata College

Marianne Stanley returns for her third consecutive season on the Washington Mystics bench. Stanley coached the team as an assistant in 2001 and was the head coach in 2002 and 2003. Stanley has over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level with stops at Stanford, University of California-Berkeley and University of Southern California. Stanley is also very familiar with the WNBA. In addition to her stop in Washington, she has also been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty.

Stanley has earned numerous accolades throughout her career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1993, the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985, and an All-American selection as a player in 1975 and 1976 at Immaculata College.

She stated her coaching career at Old Dominion University where she won the won the 1978 WNIT Championship and consecutive AIAW titles in 1979 and 1980. Stanley and ODU captured their third National Championship in 1985 following a 31-3 season. Nancy Liberman, Anne Donovan and Inge Nissen were some of the future hall of famers coached by Stanley at ODU.

n 2002, she was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year. That same year she was also inducted in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She finished her third season as an assistant coach with UMMC Ekaterinberg which features WNBA players Cappie Pondexter, Sandrine Gruda, Candace Parker and the Mystics’ own Crystal Langhorne.

Off the court, Stanley has been an active member in the community, lending a hand to groups such as Hoops for Africa, the YMCA, Hope House Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was recently induced in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Stanley's daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jonathan Worden, live in Long Beach, Calif., with their children, Madelyn, Jonathan, Jr. and Dylan.

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