MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Chowan University has appointed Lenise Stallings as its sixth NCAA head women's basketball coach, Vice President of Athletics Patrick Mashuda made the announcement Thursday morning.
"We are excited to welcome Lenise to the Hawks family as our next Women's Basketball coach," said Mashuda. "I believe she will not only be a great leader, but an outstanding mentor for the young women in the program."
Lenise will take over a program that went 6-21 during the 2019-20 season and made an appearance in the Conference Carolinas Basketball Tournament. The Hawks posted three consecutive winning seasons from 2015-2018, which included the program's first-ever NCAA postseason berth during the 2015-16 season.
"Personally, the community means a lot as my grandmother was born and raised in nearby Ahoskie," said Stallings. I have a lot of family along the East Coast and all over supporting me. I'm excited about the challenge of learning and leading on the Division II level."
Stallings comes to Chowan after a season at Wiley College (NAIA) in Marshall, Texas. During her stint with the Wildcats, Stallings orchestrated a winning season for the first time in three seasons. The Wildcats went 14-13 overall and 11-7 in the Red River Athletic Conference and an appearance in the RRAC semifinals. Stallings would help Brianna Tolliver to a First Team All-Conference selection, and Kyani Moore to being named RRAC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Conference
Prior to Wiley, Stallings spent two seasons as the assistant coach at Tennessee State following former Mississippi Valley State head coach Jessica Kern to TSU. Lenise helped the Tigers secure the program's largest recruiting class and a spot in the top-25 most improved Division I women's basketball programs.
Stallings started her coaching career at Mississippi Valley State in 2016-17 as an assistant coach after serving as a graduate assistant from 2014-2016.