January 17, 1971 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Notre Dame (asst.)
|Accomplishments and honors|
Coquese Makebra Washington (born January 17, 1971) is a former collegiate and professional basketball player who currently serves as the head coach of Penn State's women's basketball team, the Lady Lions. Washington holds a law degree and was the first president of the WNBA Players Association, holding that position from 1999 to 2001. She played her high school basketball at Flint Central High School and her collegiate basketball at the University of Notre Dame.
Washington lives in Port Matilda, Pa with her husband, Raynell Brown, and their son, Quenton Brown, who was born in 2005. She gave birth to a daughter, Rhaiyna Kamille Brown, on July 23, 2009.
University of Notre Dame
Professional playing career
After completing her athletic eligibility with the Irish in 1993, she began a professional career by joining the American Basketball League 1996-98 (ABL). She began her pro career in 1997–98 as the starting point guard with the ABL's Portland Power.
Women's National Basketball Association Career
- 1998-99 – New York Liberty – Washington averaged 4.1 minutes, 0.6 points, and 0.8 rebounds per game.
- 2000 – Houston Comets: Washington received playing time in 25 games, and throughout the season, she averaged 1.7 points and an assist per game.
- 2001 – Houston Comets: Washington started all 32 games, as a point guard. Throughout the season, she averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.16 steals per game. On August 3, 2001, playing against Orlando and in her best game of the season, she posted ten points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
Washington began her coaching career in 1999, when she returned to her alma mater, University of Notre Dame, and worked as an assistant coach under Head Coach Muffet McGraw. She was part of the coaching staff for the team that won the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 2001, defeating Purdue.
In August 2005, Washington was promoted to an Associate Head Coach, which includes the responsibility of coordinating Notre Dame's recruiting efforts on promising young players.
Washington increased her number of Big Ten wins in each of her first six years, starting with 4 conference wins in 2007-2008 and growing to 14 and her second consecutive Big Ten regular season title in the 2012-2013 campaign. Washington's first post season appearance at Penn State was a first round loss in the 2010 WNIT Tournament. Since 2011, Washington has led her teams to three consecutive NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship appearances where her teams have advanced past the first round in every appearance. Her most successful season was the 2011-2012 season when Washington's Lady Lions advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to perennial powerhouse UConn.
In 2013, Coquese Washington was named to the 18-member "Presidential Search and Screen Committee" at Penn State to help determine the University's next President. 
Awards and Honors
- 2007-08 WBCA "Rising Star" Award Winner
- 2009 Greater Flint Hall of Fame Inductee
- 2010-11 Black Coaches & Administrators Female Coach of the Year
- 2011-12 Big Ten Coach of the Year
- 2011-12 WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year
- 2011-12 WBCA National Coach of the Year Finalist
- 2012-13 Big Ten Coach of the Year
- 2012-13 WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year
- 2012-13 WBCA National Coach of the Year Finalist
- 2012-13 Black Coaches & Administrators Female Coach of the Year
- 2013-14 Big Ten Coach of the Year
Head coaching record
|Penn State (Big Ten Conference) (2007–present)|
|2009–10||Penn State||17–14||8–10||T–6th||WNIT 1st Round|
|2010–11||Penn State||25–10||11–5||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2011–12||Penn State||24–6||13–3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–13||Penn State||26–6||14–2||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2013–14||Penn State||22–7||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Penn State:||144–103 (.583)||72–64 (.529)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion