Penn State Hires New Women’s Basketball Coach

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Pending approval from the Penn State Board of Trustees, Penn State has wrapped up its women’s basketball coaching search.

According to a Penn State athletics media release, Carolyn Kieger is set to become the next head coach of the Lady Lions. She is replacing Coquese Washington, who served as the women’s basketball head coach at Penn State for 12 years.

A 𝑵𝑬𝑾 𝑬𝑹𝑨 begins.

Welcome to Happy Valley, Head Coach Carolyn Kieger!

🔗:— Penn State Lady Lion Basketball (@PennStateWBB) April 3, 2019

Kieger comes to Penn State from Marquette University where she coached the Golden Eagles for the last five seasons.

In those five seasons, she led the team to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Big East regular-season championships and one Big East Tournament title. Kieger was a semifinalist for Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year after the 2019 campaign.

Marquette postseason appearances the last three years are as follows:

  • 2016-17: NCAA Tournament First Round
  • 2017-18: NCAA Tournament Second Round
  • 2018-19: NCAA Tournament Second Round

“We are thrilled to have Carolyn Kieger joining the Penn State family as the leader of our women’s basketball program. Carolyn has rapidly established herself as one of the nation’s premier head coaches, leading Marquette to two Big East Championships, a Big East Tournament title and three NCAA Tournaments in the past three years. During her tenure as the head coach at Marquette and an assistant at Miami (Fla.), Carolyn has demonstrated the ability to recruit and develop outstanding young women on and off the court, including the last two Big East Player of the Year recipients.”

-Sandy Barbour, Penn State and Vice President of Athletics

Kieger is a graduate of Marquette University. She served as an assistant coach for Miami for six seasons before taking her first head coaching job at her Alma Mater.

She sports a head-coaching record of 99-64.

“We are excited about the expertise, passion, compassion, leadership and enthusiasm Carolyn will bring to our program and its students, and to her engagement with recruits, our Lady Lion alumni and fans in returning Penn State to a position of competing for championships, with continued academic achievement and community impact.

-Sandy Barbour, Penn State and Vice President of Athletics

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