Coquese Washington hired as Oklahoma assistant women's basketball coach
NORMAN — One hire down, one to go.
Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale announced the hiring of assistant coach Coquese Washington on Thursday.
Washington was Penn State's head coach from 2008-19, going 209-169 with the Nittany Lions and guiding them to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16s.
"Coquese is a winner," Coale said in a statement. "Her track record of coaching and her experience in recruiting elite talent is well-documented. She has a versatile skill set that will benefit our student-athletes and our coaching staff."
Coale and Washington coached together for USA Basketball at the 2013 World University Games.
After the Sooners were 8-22 this season, longtime Coale assistants Pam DeCosta and Chad Thrailkill left the program, leaving Colton Coale as the only remaining assistant.
“Sherri Coale is an unquestioned star in our profession, and exemplifies achieving high levels of success with grace, class, integrity and dignity," Washington said in a release. "The way she impacts the lives of her student-athletes is nothing short of amazing. Joining the OU family is going to be a lot of fun for me and my family, and we are eager to get to Norman and become a part of this remarkable community.”
Washington signed six McDonald's All-Americans during her tenure at Penn State.
Prior to that, Washington was an assistant at Notre Dame, where she played collegiately, from 1999-2007. She played six seasons in the WNBA, winning a championship in 2000 with Houston.