Penn State announced contract extensions for its basketball coaches Thursday.
Nittany Lion men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers and Lady Lions coach Coquese Washington each received a two-year extensions through the 2018-19 seasons.
Chambers just finished his fourth season at Penn State, leading the team to an 18-16 record. The Nittany Lions were 4-14 in the Big Ten and finished 13th in the Big Ten after going 12-1 in non-conference play.
Chambers has a 56-75 record at Penn State.
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“I support what Patrick is doing and I support his long-term leadership of this program,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a press release. “I love the heart with which his team represents the university, Nittany Nation and the community, both on the court with measureable success and improvements, and off with a 100 percent graduation rate and active participation in countless community activities.
“With a core group of returning players and the highest-rated recruiting class in school history coming next fall, the future is certainly promising. I believe with the right support and resources, Patrick can take this program to a level of success which everyone can get behind.”
Penn State’s incoming class, which includes Mike Watkins, Josh Reaves and Deividas Zemgulis, is ranked 36th in the country by 247Sports.
“I am grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm for the men’s basketball program Eric Barron, Sandy Barbour and the Penn State administration have shown,” Chambers said. “We are proud of what we have accomplished, but know there is so much more ahead. I think our staff and players have laid a foundation to build upon for years to come.”
Washington led the Lady Lions to three straight Big Ten championships from 2012-14. She is also a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, and she took Penn State to four straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011-14.
The Lady Lions went to the Sweet 16 in 2012 and 2014.
“I have enjoyed being a part of this outstanding university, this athletic department and this women's basketball program during my eight years at Penn State,” Washington said. “I know that this contract extension, that we started working on after our 2014 Big Ten championship, will give our staff the opportunity to continue to build this program into one of the strongest in the country.”
Washington and the Lady Lions went 6-24 overall and 3-15 in the Big Ten this past season, the worst in program history.
Washington has a 148-105 record at Penn State.
“Coquese has done an outstanding job with Lady Lion basketball in her eight years at the helm,” Barbour said. “The on-court success speaks for itself. The team has had a 100 percent graduation rate the past five years and is consistently among our most active teams in community service. There is significant young talent that returns and the four players who signed in November are a consensus Top 15 recruiting class and the highest rated class in program history. The program’s future is very bright under Coquese’s leadership and I’m excited to see it unfold.”