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May 23, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State Lady Lion basketball coach Coquese Washington has been elected as vice president/president-elect of the Executive Committee for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. She will automatically succeed Florida State's Sue Semrau as president in 2015-16 for a two-year term. Washington has served on the WBCA Board of Directors since 2008, including the past two years as treasurer.
"I'm both honored and excited to serve my colleagues as the vice president of the WBCA Board," Washington said. "President Sue Semrau brings great energy to her position and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the board to implement initiatives that will grow our game and inspire our members to continue making a positive difference through coaching."
Entering her seventh season, Washington has returned the Lady Lions to national prominence. This past season, she was named WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year after guiding the Lady Lions to their second-straight Big Ten regular season title with a 26-6 overall record and 14-2 mark in conference play. For her efforts, Washington was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second-straight season by the media.
The Lady Lions have increased their Big Ten win total each of Washington's six campaigns. Additionally under Washington's tutelage, Penn State has claimed a Big Ten Player of the Year honor (Lucas) and seven All-Big Ten first team accolades (Alex Bentley-3; Maggie Lucas-2; Tyra Grant-2). Washington has also had three WNBA Draft picks under Washington's guidance (Tyra Grant, Alex Bentley, Nikki Greene).
The Lady Lions hold several camps throughout the summer. There is a Lady Lion Basketball Camp available for girls of all ages, ranging from shooting camp to elite camp. The 2013 Lady Lion Basketball Camp schedule is as follows: Experience Camp (June 9-11), Elite Camp (June 22-23), Total Package Team Camp (June 20-22) and Games Galore Team Camp (August 2-4). For more information on Lady Lion Basketball Camps, please visit GoPSUsports.com/camps and click on Girls Basketball Camp under Summer Camps.
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About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.
2013-14 WBCA Board of Directors
Sue Semrau, Head Coach, Florida State University, President
Coquese Washington, Head Coach, Penn State University, Vice President/President-Elect
Matthew Mitchell, Head Coach, University of Kentucky, Secretary
Deb Patterson, Head Coach, Kansas State University, Treasurer
Connie Hurlbut, Senior Associate Commissioner, Western Athletic Conference, WBCA Committee on Basketball Issues Chair
Charli Turner Thorne, Head Coach, Arizona State University, Past President
Board of Directors
Anucha Brown, NCAA Vice President for Women's Basketball
Amanda Butler, Head Coach, University of Florida, Division I At-Large
Nikki Caldwell, Head Coach, Louisiana State University, Division I At-Large
Claudette Charney, Head Coach, Hillsdale College, Division II Legislative
Tricia Cullop, Head Coach, University of Toledo, Division I At-Large
Diane Dickman, Managing Director, NCAA Academic & Membership Affairs
Carmen Dolfo, Head Coach, Western Washington University, Division II Group II
Rich Ensor, Commissioner, Metro Atlantic Conference, Conference Commissioners
Kelly Graves, Head Coach, Gonzaga University, Division I West
Brandan Harrell, Head Coach, Georgia Highlands College, Junior/Community Colleges
Aaron Johnston, South Dakota State University, Division I Midwest
Mary Klinger, Head Coach, Rutgers Preparatory School, High School
Patricia Manning, Head Coach, Williams College, Division III At-Large
Joanne P. McCallie, Head Coach, Duke University, Division I East
Melissa McFerrin, Head Coach, University of Memphis, Division I Mideast
Lisa Mispley Fortier, Assistant Coach, Gonzaga University, Assistant Coaches
Kirsten Moore, Head Coach, Westmont College, NAIA
Danielle O'Banion, Head Coach, Kent State University, BCA
Martha Putallaz, Duke University, Faculty Athletic Representatives
Jennifer Rizzotti, Head Coach, University of Hartford, Division I Legislative
Vic Schaefer, Head Coach, Mississippi State University, Male Coaches
Mary Beth Spirk, Head Coach, Moravian College, Division III At-Large
Dawn Staley, Head Coach, University of South Carolina, Division I At-Large
Todd Starkey, Head Coach, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Division II Group I
Christy Thomaskutty, Head Coach, Emory University, Division III Legislative