Penn State’s Women’s Basketball program changing leadership


The Penn State Women’s Basketball program is changing their leadership.

According to a media release sent out Friday afternoon, Penn State Athletics and women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington both agreed to a change in leadership for the program.

Penn State will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour will address media members then.

“I am very appreciative of Coquese’s contributions to the Lady Lion basketball program and Penn State,” said Sandy Barbour, Penn State Vice President of Athletics. “She is committed to developing young women, has been impactful in our community and we are grateful for her dedication. We thank her for 12 years of service to Penn State, and wish Coquese and her family all the best in their future endeavors. We both agree that the program is not where it needs to be, and this change of leadership is best at this time.”

“I’ve had an amazing run at Penn State,” said Washington. “I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, especially the talented and dedicated staff members who were with me along this journey. I was fortunate to coach some extremely talented players along the way and will remember the fantastic experiences we enjoyed together. I am thankful for the Penn State and Lady Lion fans who supported us strongly year-in and year-out. I will always look back at my time at Penn State with fond memories while taking on this next chapter with my family.”

During her time at Penn State, Washington coached 12 first-team All-Big Ten and 15 All-America selections and the Lady Lions earned 50 Academic All-Big Ten honors.

According to Barbour, a national search is underway for Washington’s successor.

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