Jul 24, 2015
WBCA names Coquese Washington new president

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has named Penn State coach Coquese Washington as its next president, replacing Florida State head coach Sue Semrau.

The decision was made as the WBCA appointed new members to its board of directors. Washington, who becomes the association’s first African-American president, had served the last two years as vice president/president-elect.

Coquese has been the head coach at Penn State for eight years. She played her collegiate basketball at Notre Dame, professionally with the WNBA, and has a law degree from Notre Dame. She has served on the WBCA BOD for seven years and the WBCA Executive Committee for the past two years. Her experience, knowledge and passion for the game gives her an excellent foundation to serve the association and lead it to the next level, Semrau said in an email.

“The WBCA has a storied tradition of strong leadership provided by coaches for coaches to propel the association forward and enhance the game of women’s basketball for today and future generations, said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. We are pleased to welcome Coquese as our new WBCA president and leader. Coquese has demonstrated unparalleled excellence in both collegiate and professional women’s basketball leadership positions. She will be an invaluable asset to the association.

“The association thanks Sue for her vision and tireless dedication, said Donehew. Sue led the association through a time of transition and focused the Board of Directors in the areas of Playing Rules and Officiating, Legislation and Governance, Professional Development, Branding, and Youth Basketball. Sue will continue her service as she moves into the role of past president.”

Other WBCA members elected to the board of directors are:

Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart, who was elected to the NCAA Division I East position.
University of Texas head coach Karen Aston, who was elected to the NCAA Division I Midwest position.
Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier, who was elected to the NCAA Division I West position.
Bellarmine head coach Chancellor Dugan, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group I position.
Wayne State (Neb.) head coach Chris Kielsmeier, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group II position.
Williams College head coach Patricia Manning, who was re-elected to the NCAA Division III At-Large position.
Westmont College head coach Kirsten Moore, who was re-elected to the NAIA position.
Georgia Highlands College head coach Brandan Harrell, who was re-elected to the junior/community college position; and
Rutgers Prep School head coach Mary Klinger, who was elected to the scholastic position which she previously held by appointment.

Washington also made appointments to fill the following positions:

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw was appointed to serve as the NCAA Division I Legislative Chair.
Emory head coach Christy Thomaskutty was re-appointed to serve as the NCAA Division III Legislative Chair.

WBCA names Coquese Washington new president

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By Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has named Penn State coach Coquese Washington as its next president, replacing Florida State head coach Sue Semrau.

The decision was made as the WBCA appointed new members to its board of directors. Washington, who becomes the association’s first African-American president, had served the last two years as vice president/president-elect.

Coquese has been the head coach at Penn State for eight years. She played her collegiate basketball at Notre Dame, professionally with the WNBA, and has a law degree from Notre Dame. She has served on the WBCA BOD for seven years and the WBCA Executive Committee for the past two years. Her experience, knowledge and passion for the game gives her an excellent foundation to serve the association and lead it to the next level, Semrau said in an email.

“The WBCA has a storied tradition of strong leadership provided by coaches for coaches to propel the association forward and enhance the game of women’s basketball for today and future generations, said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. We are pleased to welcome Coquese as our new WBCA president and leader. Coquese has demonstrated unparalleled excellence in both collegiate and professional women’s basketball leadership positions. She will be an invaluable asset to the association.

“The association thanks Sue for her vision and tireless dedication, said Donehew. Sue led the association through a time of transition and focused the Board of Directors in the areas of Playing Rules and Officiating, Legislation and Governance, Professional Development, Branding, and Youth Basketball. Sue will continue her service as she moves into the role of past president.”

Other WBCA members elected to the board of directors are:

• Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart, who was elected to the NCAA Division I East position. • University of Texas head coach Karen Aston, who was elected to the NCAA Division I Midwest position. • Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier, who was elected to the NCAA Division I West position. • Bellarmine head coach Chancellor Dugan, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group I position. • Wayne State (Neb.) head coach Chris Kielsmeier, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group II position. • Williams College head coach Patricia Manning, who was re-elected to the NCAA Division III At-Large position. • Westmont College head coach Kirsten Moore, who was re-elected to the NAIA position. • Georgia Highlands College head coach Brandan Harrell, who was re-elected to the junior/community college position; and • Rutgers Prep School head coach Mary Klinger, who was elected to the scholastic position which she previously held by appointment.

Washington also made appointments to fill the following positions:

• Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw was appointed to serve as the NCAA Division I Legislative Chair. • Emory head coach Christy Thomaskutty was re-appointed to serve as the NCAA Division III Legislative Chair.






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