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Coquese Washington

Coquese Washington

Head Coach, Lady Lions Basketball

Washington was named head coach of the Penn State women’s basketball program in 2007. An eight-year assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, she became the first African American female head coach in Penn State history.

Washington also played on scholarship at Notre Dame as an undergraduate, where she amassed a number of school records. She graduated a full year ahead of schedule with a bachelor's degree in history. She also earned her juris doctorate from Notre Dame Law School while playing in the ABL before moving on to play on various teams in the WNBA, from 1998-2003. She is a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Issues Committee.

Using her law degree, Washington was a central figure in helping create the WNBA Players Association (WNBPA), serving as the founding president of the WNBPA from 1999 until 2001. She also served as the executive vice president of the WNBPA from 2001 until her retirement in 2003. Washington led negotiations for the association's first collective bargaining agreement as the association's president.

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