Marian Washington

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Marian Washington
Biographical details
Born (1946-08-26) August 26, 1946 (age 72)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1973Kansas (asst.)
1982United States
1996United States (asst.)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1974–1979Kansas (women's)
Head coaching record
Overall560–363 (.607)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Marian Elizabeth Washington (born August 26, 1946)[1] is a former women's basketball coach, mostly known for her career at the University of Kansas, a post she held for over 30 years. Throughout her career, Washington achieved multiple awards and accomplishments which include achieving membership in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, leading KU to extensive victories, coaching her team in a number of NCAA Tournaments, and receiving the Black Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award.[2]

Early years[edit]

Raised on a farm near West Chester, Pennsylvania, Washington played seven sports at Henderson High School in West Chester.[3]


Washington attended West Chester State College, where she played basketball on the team that won the first national women's tournament in 1969. That tournament was held under the auspices of the CIAW, a predecessor to the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament.[3]


After one year as an assistant coach, Washington served as head coach for the Kansas Jayhawks women's basketball team at the University of Kansas from 1973 to 2004.[4][5] Washington was also women's athletic director at Kansas from 1974 to 1979.[5]

USA Basketball[edit]

Washington was chosen as the head coach of the team representing the USA in 1982 at the William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. The team started out strongly, winning their first four games by 16 or more points. In the fifth game, they were matched against Australia. The game was close until the end. With a half-minute remaining, the USA held a one-point margin. The USA extended the lead to three points on two free throws, the Aussies brought it back to one with two free throws of their own, and the USA hit two free throws with two second left in the game to secure the 65–62 victory. The next two games were easy victories, then the USA faced unbeaten Canada in the final game. The game was very close, but the USA fell to Canada 70–67 to finish with a single loss and the silver medal. USA players Lea Henry and Paula McGee were named to the All-Tournament Team.[6]

In 1996, Washington served as an assistant coach on the USA National Team, which went on to win the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kansas Jayhawks (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) (1973–1975)
1973–74 Kansas 11–8
1974–75 Kansas 7–17
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1975–1996)
1975–76 Kansas 13–14 5th
1976–77 Kansas 11–15 4th
1977–78 Kansas 22–11 2nd NWIT
1978–79 Kansas 30–8 1st AIAW Sectional
1979–80 Kansas 29–8 1st AIAW Sectional
1980–81 Kansas 27–5 1st AIAW Sectional
1981–82 Kansas 16–14 2nd
1982–83 Kansas 13–15 9–5 3rd
1983–84 Kansas 11–16 7–7 5th
1984–85 Kansas 19–10 9–5 3rd
1985–86 Kansas 18–10 9–5 T–2nd
1986–87 Kansas 20–13 9–5 T–1st NCAA Second Round
1987–88 Kansas 22–10 8–6 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
1988–89 Kansas 13–14 5–9 T–6th
1989–90 Kansas 20–9 9–5 T–4th
1990–91 Kansas 20–13 7–7 5th WNIT
1991–92 Kansas 25–6 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
1992–93 Kansas 21–9 9–5 T–3rd NCAA First Round
1993–94 Kansas 22–6 11–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1994–95 Kansas 20–11 8–6 3rd NCAA First Round
1995–96 Kansas 22–10 11–3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
Kansas (Big Eight): 414–227 (.646) 123–73 (.628)
Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2004)
1996–97 Kansas 25–6 14–2 1st NCAA Second Round
1997–98 Kansas 23–9 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Sweet 16
1998–99 Kansas 23–10 11–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
1999–2000 Kansas 20–10 11–5 4th NCAA First Round
2000–01 Kansas 12–17 5–11 9th
2001–02 Kansas 5–25 0–16 12th
2002–03 Kansas 11–18 3–13 9th
2003–04 Kansas 9–16* 2–11* (resigned)*
Kansas (Big 12): 128–111 (.536) 57–68 (.456)
Total: 560–363 (.607)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Washington resigned with three games remaining in the 2003–04 season; assistant Lynette Woodard served as head coach for the remainder of the season and went 0–3 for a cumulative season record of 9–19 (2–14 Big 12) and 11th place finish.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Marian Washington Biography". 2008. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Skaine, p. 154
  4. ^ Skaine, p. 155
  5. ^ a b c "Head Coach Marian Washington". University of Kansas. September 27, 2002. Archived from the original on March 8, 2003. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "1982 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Games of the XXVIth Olympiad -- 1996". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Kansas Women's Basketball 2016-17 Media Guide Archived September 28, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, p. 152
  9. ^ "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.