Head Coach

Coquese Washington Background image of Coquese Washington posing in front of three Big Ten championship trophies.

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.

Winning Tradition

  • 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

Recruiting Talent

  • 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!

Student-Athlete DevelopmentSuccess Background image of Coquese Washington coaching former Penn State star Maggie Lucas.

Player Development

  • 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
  • Tyra Grant:
    First Team All-Big Ten (2009 & 2010), Second round WNBA Pick

Classroom Success

  • 90% Graduation Rate
  • 42 Academic All-Big Ten Selections

NationalRespect Background image of Coquese lying on her back in Penn State gear kissing a basketball.

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)

PlayingExperience Background image of an old photograph of Coquese in an Indiana Fever uniform.

WNBA Champion

  • 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