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Twelfth Season / Notre Dame, 1992
Upon arriving on the University Park campus as the fifth head coach in Penn State women's history—and first female African-American head coach in Penn State history— Coquese Washington quickly returned the program to national prominence with her up-tempo, aggressive style of play.
With a passion for creating a winning culture predicated on innovative coaching techniques, tireless recruiting, cultivating meaningful relationships with student-athletes and an unmatched enthusiasm for teaching the game she loves, Washington is in the conversation as one of the nation's top head coaches.
- Back-to-back-to-back Big Ten regular-season championships (2102, 2013 & 2014)
- Three-straight 25-win seasons (2010-13) for second time in school history
- Four NCAA Tournament berths (2011-14) & one WNIT berth (2010)
- 24 wins and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2013-14)
- 26 wins and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2011-12)
- NCAA Berth (2010-11), WNIT Berth (2009-10)
- Helped Lead Notre Dame to 2001 NCAA Championship
- Four Top-25 Recruiting Classes
- Recruited Six McDonald's All-Americans (Candice Agee, Brianna Banks, De’Janae Boykin, Maggie Lucas, Sierra Moore, and Dara Taylor)
- Recruited Two WBCA All-Americans (Ariel Edwards and Brianna Banks)
- Native of Flint, Michigan
- Married to Raynell Brown and has a son, Quenton (born 2005), and a daughter Rhaiyna (born 2009)
- Favorite Hobbies: Listening to music and reading
- Quote: You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit!
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- Teniya Page:
First Team All-Big Ten (2107, 2018), WBCA honorable mention All-American (2017), Second Team All-Big Ten (2016), Unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2016)
- Maggie Lucas:
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2011), First Team All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014), Big Ten POY (2013 & 2014), Two-time Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist (2013 & 2014), Two-time All-American (2013 & 2014), Second round WNBA Draft pick
- Alex Bentley:
First Team All-Big Ten (2011, 2012, 2013), Two-time All-American (2012, 2013), Second round WNBA Draft pick
- Nikki Greene:
Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2011), Third Team All-Big Ten (2012, 2013), Third round WNBA Draft pick
First Team All-Big Ten (2009 & 2010), Second round WNBA Pick
- 90% Graduation Rate
- 42 Academic All-Big Ten Selections
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Awards & Accolades
- Big Ten Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014)
- WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year (2012, 2013)
- BCA Female Coach of the Year (2011, 2013)
- WBCA "Rising Star" (2008)
- First Female African-American Coach at Penn State
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- WBCA President (2015-Present)
- WBCA Vice President/President-Elect (2013-2015)
- WBCA Treasurer (2010-13)
- WBCA Board of Directors (2008-Present)
- Member of Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors (2012-15)
- Member of NCAA Women's Basketball Issues Committee (2011-15)
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- Houston Comets (2000)
Five Professional Seasons
- ABL and WNBA
Four-year Starting Point Guard
- Point Guard / Notre Dame
- Third in Career Steals (307) and Sixth in Assists (554) at Notre Dame