Rutgers Women’s Basketball

Women's head Basketball Coach Coquese Washington talks to her players during a time out. Rutgers lost to Illinois 80-62 on Wednesday. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

Rutgers women’s basketball Head Coach Coquese Washington has been awarded the WBCA Carol Eckman Integrity in Coaching Award for 2023.

Washington in her first season at the helm of the storied Rutgers program posted a 12-20 record, including knocking off Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. She also guided the team to the program’s 1,000 victory, all while earning her 100th career Big Ten victory as a head coach.

“Receiving this award is incredibly humbling and a tremendous honor. I have passionately loved this game ever since I can remember,” Washington said. “Basketball has had such a strong impact on my life in so many ways, for so many years. I’ve been blessed to work with amazing players, exceptional assistant coaches, encouraging administrators, and wonderful mentors throughout my coaching journey.”

Washington becomes the first Rutgers coach to receive the WBCA Award. C. Vivan Stringer and Teresa Grentz each won the award, but when they were coaching at their other stops: Illionis and Iowa, respectively.

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