Penn State Basketball

Penn State basketball: Lady Lions coach Coquese Washington named to Team USA staff

Penn State women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington has been named an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team this summer.

She will be a part of the staff with head coach Sherri Coale of Oklahoma and assistant coach Brian Giorgis of Marist. The staff was selected by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

The World University Games will be played July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia.

Washington is in her sixth season at Penn State and has led the Lady Lions to back-to-back Big Ten regular-season titles, putting together a 25-5 season, 14-2 in the Big Ten, and awaits word on who, when and where the No. 8 Lady Lions will play in the NCAA Tournament. The bracket for the women’s tournament will be announced Monday, and the tournament begins March 23.

The announcement marks Washington’s first coaching position with USA Basketball, but she served on the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee from 2009-12.

She is the fourth person with Lady Lion ties to coach a USA Basketball squad, joining Rene Portland, Suzie McConnell-Serio and Terri Williams-Flournoy. Portland was the head coach for the Olympic Festival team (1985), the U.S. Junior World team (1986, 1996, 1997) and World University Games squad (1999). She also was an assistant coach for the U.S. Junior World Team in 1993. McConnell-Serio and Williams-Flournoy were assistant coaches on the most recent World University Games team in 2011.

The World University Games are a multi-sport festival held every other year, and coaches consider only athletes who have college eligibility remaining. Trials to select the basketball team will be held May 16-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.