Thursday, June 21, 2012

Former ODU assistant gets new job at VCU

Wendy Larry's former assistant coach is Marlene Stollings' newest assistant.

Nikita Lowry Dawkins has taken a job at VCU under Stollings, hired to replace Beth Cunningham. Cunningham left to take an associate coaching position at her alma mater, Notre Dame.

It will be the second time Stollings and Lowry Dawkins have worked together, although this time the roles will be reversed. Ten years ago, Lowry Dawkins was the head coach and Stolllings the assistant at New Mexico State.

On Dec. 20, 2002, New Mexico State placed Lowry Dawkins on administrative leave for "philosophical differences in coaching management" after complaints by several players. Stollings was named the interim head coach, but she and two other assistants ultimately walked out in protest.

Lowry Dawkins was the Lady Monarchs recruiting coordinator for seven years under Larry and held a similar position at Texas Tech. She was also head coach at New Mexico State and Detroit Mercy and has been kept busy the last year with her twins.

LadySwish congratulates Coach Nik, who will begin tackling recruiting for the Rams in their new conference, the Atlantic 10.

Lowry Dawkins joins Nathan Bellman and Franqua Bedell as new Rams assistants under Stollings. Bellman is coming off six seasons as the head coach at Ohio Dominican. Bedell spent the past four seasons as an assistant/recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State.


  1. Congrats coach Nikki, I always liked her and how she related to the ODU players and fans. I was hoping she would get the ODU Head Coaching job. Good luck at VCU.

  2. Congratulattions. She is such nice person.

  3. We don't relish balancing a new job with twins, but we're sure she'll do great.

  4. Wow...congratulations Nikita. Sounds like VCU made the right choice?