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Lady Lions Basketball Coach to Speak at Career Lunch for Students

Penn State Lady Lions Basketball Coach Coquese
4/17/2008 —

Penn State York students will have the opportunity to network with business professionals in a variety of career fields during the Careers Roundtable Luncheon set for Tuesday, April 22 at the campus.  Students will also hear from Penn State Lady Lions Basketball Coach Coquese Washington at 1 p.m.   The event begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.

"The Penn State York Careers Roundtable Luncheon is an excellent way for students to meet business professionals," said Dina Wulinsky, career counselor at Penn State York. "Students can meet professionals in an informal setting and ask questions to learn more about jobs in their field of interest," said Wulinsky.  There will be about 80 people attending the program.  The luncheon for students is sponsored by the Penn State York Student Activity Fee.

Ten professionals representing career fields including business, communications, education, engineering, government, health care, information sciences and technology, nonprofit organizations, science, and social services will meet and talk with students about their career and what it takes to get a job.   Students will have the opportunity to network during lunch in a low-key environment.

Following lunch, Penn State’s new women’s basketball coach will talk about her career path and college experience.  She’ll also discuss how she arrived at her current career and how she knew it was the right fit for her.

Washington was appointed the fifth head coach of the Penn State women’s basketball program last April. Prior to her appointment at Penn State, Washington helped lead Notre Dame to the 2001 NCAA Championship.  A 1992 graduate of Notre Dame, Washington was a four-year starting point guard and was the team captain on Notre Dame's first-ever NCAA Tournament team.

After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in history, Washington went on to earn her law degree from Notre Dame in 1997. She returned to the court as a professional in 1997-98, playing for the ABL's Portland Power, before beginning a two-year stint with the WNBA's New York Liberty (1998-99). Washington moved on to Houston for the 2000 season, where she played an instrumental role in leading the Comets to the WNBA title. She spent the 2001 and part of the 2002 season with the Comets and Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor, before finishing her professional career in 2003 with the Indiana Fever.

Utilizing her law degree, Washington was a central figure in helping create the WNBA Players Association (WNBPA), serving as the founding president of the WNBPA from 1999 until 2001. She also served as the executive vice president of the WNBPA from 2001 until her retirement in 2003. Washington led negotiations for the association's first collective bargaining agreement as the association's president, and as the executive vice president was a mainstay in the negotiations for the current collective bargaining agreement, which brought about the first free agency system in women's professional sports.  A native of Flint, Mich., Washington and her husband, Raynell Brown, have a son, Quenton (2).

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