PSU cuts ties with Washington

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State athletics and women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington have agreed to a change in leadership for the women’s basketball program.

The decision was announced Friday afternoon.

“I am very appreciative of Coquese’s contributions to the Lady Lion basketball program and Penn State,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a university statement. “She is committed to developing young women, has been impactful in our community and we are grateful for her dedication.

“We thank her for 12 years of service to Penn State and wish Coquese and her family all the best in their future endeavors. We both agree that the program is not where it needs to be, and this change of leadership is best at this time.”

The Lady Lions just wrapped up a 12-18 season. Washington has gone 67-88 over the past five seasons, failing to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Her overall record at PSU was 209-169, with four NCAA Tournament appearances.

“I’ve had an amazing run at Penn State,” Washington said in a university statement. “I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, especially the talented and dedicated staff members who were with me along this journey.

“I was fortunate to coach some extremely talented players along the way and will remember the fantastic experiences we enjoyed together. I am thankful for the Penn State and Lady Lion fans who supported us strongly year in and year out.”

Washington guided PSU to three consecutive Big Ten championships from 2011-12 to 2013-14. The Lady Lions advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012 and ’14.