August 16, 1946|
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996||United States (asst.)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Marian Elizabeth Washington (born August 26, 1946) is Kansas University's former women's basketball coach, 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.
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.
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. Washington was also women's athletic director at Kansas from 1974 to 1979.
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.
Head coaching record
|Kansas Jayhawks (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) (1973–1975)|
|Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1975–1996)|
|1986–87||Kansas||20–13||9–5||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1987–88||Kansas||22–10||8–6||T–3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|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 Eight 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|
|Kansas (Big 12):||128–111 (.536)||57–68 (.456)|
National champion Postseason invitational 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.
Awards and honors
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015.
- "Marian Washington Biography". 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- Skaine, p. 154
- Skaine, p. 155
- "Head Coach Marian Washington". University of Kansas. September 27, 2002. Archived from the original on March 8, 2003. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "1982 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Games of the XXVIth Olympiad -- 1996". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 2013-05-25. Retrieved 11 Mar 2013.
- Kansas Women's Basketball 2016-17 Media Guide, p. 152
- "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.
- Hawkes, Nena Ray and Seggar, John F. (2000). Celebrating Women Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 240–245. ISBN 0313309124.
- Skaine, Rosemarie (2001). Women College Basketball Coaches. Foreword by Betty F. Jaynes. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. ISBN 9780786409204.