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June 9, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington has announced the addition of Jocelyn Wyatt as an assistant coach to complete the Penn State women's basketball coaching staff. Wyatt comes to the Lady Lions after serving four seasons as an assistant at Georgia State.
"Jocelyn is one of the rising stars in our profession," Washington said. "Her passion for the game, her enthusiasm for serving and her knowledge of the game are all top notch. In addition, she is a strong teacher. Jocelyn is a welcome addition to our staff and we are excited about all the ways in which she will positively impact our program."
"I am so excited about joining Coquese Washington's staff and becoming a part of the Lady Lion family," Wyatt said. "I have been blessed to work with some amazing people and great programs over the years and this is another outstanding platform for growth. I cannot wait to get started with the current team, the coaching staff, members of the athletic department and the community. I'm elated about this great opportunity to work with an astounding head coach in Coquese Washington and work passionately with her towards her goals of excellence."
Wyatt spent the last four seasons on the Georgia State staff as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Panthers, Wyatt coached Kendra Long, who was an All-Sun Belt third team selection and broke the Georgia State three-pointers record for a season and a career. She was also instrumental in recruiting the top-ranked junior college player in 2012.
Prior to going to Georgia State, Wyatt spent two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina where she helped the Pirates to back-to-back Top 100 recruiting classes. In her first season at ECU, she coached three all-conference selections, one all-defensive team member and an all-freshman team choice. She also helped to sign the 55th-ranked point guard to the 2010 recruiting class.
In 2010, Wyatt and the Pirates registered 23 wins, which are the second-most in school history. It was also the first 20-win season for ECU since 1992. Additionally, the Pirates collected their first postseason win in school history with a thrilling 78-76 overtime win over Drexel in the WNIT.
Wyatt spent two seasons (2006-08) as a graduate manager at the University of Georgia under legendary coach Andy Landers. During her time at UGA, the Lady Bulldogs were 50-17 and earned two NCAA Tournament bids. She was also the co-camp director at Georgia.
The native of Lawrenceville, Ga., has spoken several times at the WBCA's "So You Want to be a Coach" clinic at the Women's Final Four and has also spoken at the Nike Assistant Coaches Roundtables in 2010 and 2014. While in college, she spent four summers as an assistant director with Peach State Basketball, Inc., where she coordinated instructional camps and high school showcases.
As a player, Wyatt started her collegiate career at then-Division II Kennesaw State where she averaged 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27 appearances. Wyatt then transferred to Appalachian State. As a senior, she was selected as a team captain and started 21 of 28 games. Wyatt averaged 9.3 points with 28 blocks during the 2005-06 campaign. She was on the academic honor roll four times and was internal chair and vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB).
Wyatt received her bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in biology and psychology from Appalachian State in 2006. She also earned her master's degree in exercise science from Georgia in 2008.
The Lady Lions hold several camps throughout the summer. The 2014 Lady Lion Basketball Camp schedule is as follows: Total Package Team Camp (June 19-21), Elite Camp (June 21-22), Pre-National Team Shootout (22-24) and Games Galore Team Camp (August 1-3). 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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