RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Head Women's Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings announced today the addition of Hayley Leake as the program's director of operations.
Leake, who brings both Atlantic 10 and national championship experience to the Rams, joins VCU after spending the 2011-12 season as head coach at Timberland High School in St. Louis, Mo. In her new role, Leake will assist Stollings with all day-to-day operations of the program, including database oversight, team travel and equipment coordination, academic supervision, and camp management.
"I am thoroughly excited to welcome one of my former A-10 student-athletes, Hayley Leake," said Stollings. "She is a rising superstar in women's basketball and will bring incredible insight as we transition to the A-10. She is a gifted teacher and has an innate ability to connect with young people. We are very pleased to add her to our Ram family."
Prior to her time at Timberland, Leake served as an assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis under recent Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Fahey. Under Fahey, Leake was a member of the staff who helped guide the Lady Bears to a University Athletic Association conference title as well as a national championship during the 2009-10 campaign. Washington returned to the Final Four the following season but fell just short of capturing back-to-back national titles.
Leake has first-hand knowledge of the A-10, having played women's basketball at Saint Louis University from 2004-08. There, she first teamed up with Stollings, who served as an assistant coach.
"I have always felt extremely fortunate to have played for Coach Stollings," added Leake. "Her passion for success on all platforms has continued to strengthen my presence as an educator, coach and mentor. I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the VCU family during a time of such excitement and anticipation for an era of new possibilities. To be a part of this vision is something truly special."
As a senior at SLU, Leake led the Lady Billikens in minutes played (1,009) and assists (94), while being named the team's Defensive Player of the Year. She finished with 208 career assists, which was good for ninth all-time at SLU, while her 94 assists were the fourth-most on the Lady Billikens' all-time list for seniors.
Not only did Leake shine on the court, but she also enjoyed success in the classroom, earning A-10 All-Academic honors in each of her four seasons.