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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington has announced the addition of three support staff members as the 2017-18 academic year gets underway. Sean Sullivan, Caren Walls and Jeanine Wasielewski will each fill vital roles of the Lady Lions during the 2017-18 season and beyond.
Sullivan joins the staff as the Director of Scouting and Technology Operations, Walls returns to the University Park campus to take the role of Athletic Trainer and Wasielewski assumes the role of Strategic Specialist.
“Staff is critical to the success of any program, and I am so thrilled with the new additions to our staff this year,” said head coach Coquese Washington. “Sean, Caren and Jeanine will bring knowledgeable and winning attitudes to our program, along with a strong enthusiasm for Penn State. They are here to help bring out the best in our student-athletes and our staff. It’s exciting to think of all the ways these three will positively impact our program.”
Joining the Penn State staff after two seasons at Iowa, Sullivan brings six years of experience in the women’s basketball realm. Beginning as a manager with the Hawkeyes women’s program, he assisted with specialty statistics and contributed to the on-court efforts for four seasons before moving into an undergraduate video assistant role. As a video assistant, Sullivan helped his alma mater break down opponent’s game footage and assist in scouting report preparation.
Sullivan spent the last two seasons as the video coordinator for the Iowa women’s program, while also supporting efforts with recruiting, student staff oversight, summer camp preparation and planning selected team events. He is also well versed in SportsTec/SportsCode analytical software, along with a vast knowledge of editing and distribution software that will enable the team to utilize the most up-to-date scouting and game preparation software.
Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in sport recreation management with an emphasis in coaching from the University of Iowa, Sullivan spent the summer after graduation as a video coordinator with USA Basketball. His stint with the organization took him to Toronto for the Pan Am Games, where he helped the USA women’s squad claim a silver medal.
Earning her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Penn State in 2004, Walls returns to her alma mater after stops at Valdosta State, Georgia Southern and, most recently, Butler. A native of Emlenton, Pennsylvania, Walls has extensive experience in college basketball, working with both men’s and women’s basketball during her professional career.
Walls was the Associate Athletic Trainer during her three years at Butler, working with the Bulldogs’ women’s basketball program and distance runners, while assisting in coordinating the insurance claims process for all student athletes. Her two years at Georgia Southern featured time with both the men’s and women’s basketball programs, while her six-year stint at Valdosta State included responsibilities with men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and various other programs.
Upon earning her master’s degree from Georgia State, Walls took her first full-time post at Valdosta State, where she also taught an undergraduate program: Field Assessment in Athletic Training. Walls is designated as an Athletic Trainer Certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her professional development has also included Kinesiotaping, Graston, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Basketball is a passion for Wasielewski, who has blended her business expertise and basketball knowledge into a career in the sport that has spanned over 20 years as a student-athlete and a coach. A bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University led her into the business world, but her passion for the sport kept her connected to basketball.
A four-year letter winner at Northwestern, she helped the Wildcats to their only Big Ten championship. After graduation, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 10 years, before moving on to work for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. While in Colorado, Wasielewski returned to the hardwood in a variety of roles in prep basketball from 2005-12, and then transitioned into collegiate basketball as an assistant coach at MSU Denver during the 2012-13 season.
Following one season at MSU Denver, Wasielewski was hired at Loyola University Chicago, where she spent three seasons, including two as the head assistant. During her time with the Ramblers, she was charged with offensive strategies, opponent scouting, monitoring academics, organizing recruiting efforts and coaching the guards. During her final season at Loyola, Wasielewski tutored first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference guard Taylor Johnson and was a part of one of the top scoring offenses in the conference.