Marian Washington

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Marian Washington (born August 26, 1946)[1] is Kansas University’s former Women’s Basketball Coach. Marian’s longevity as KU Women’s Basketball Coach exceeded 30 years. Throughout her career, Marian achieved multiple awards and accomplishments which include: achieving membership in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, leading KU into extensive victories, coaching her team in a number of NCAA Tournaments, and being awarded the Black Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award.[2]

Early years[edit]

Washington played seven sports at Henderson High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[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]


Marian Washington
Medal record
Women’s Basketball
Assistant Coach for  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Team Competition

In 1973, Washington was named the head coach of the woman's basketball team at the University of Kansas.[4] She served in that position until 2004.

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 based 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.[5]

In 1996, she 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.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ "Marian Washington Biography". 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b Skaine, p. 154
  4. ^ Skaine, p. 155
  5. ^ "1982 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Games of the XXVIth Olympiad -- 1996". USA Basketball. Retrieved 11 Mar 2013. 
  7. ^ "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 


  • Skaine, Rosemarie (2001). Women College Basketball Coaches. Foreword by Betty F. Jaynes. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. ISBN 9780786409204.