Penn State's first African American female student-athlete to play on the field hockey team, Lady Lions basketball team and women's lacrosse team.
Born in Huntington, Pennsylvania, a small town less than 50 miles from Happy Valley, Lorraine (Hutchings) Oliver grew up in a big family, all of whom were active in athletics. Long before cell phones, computers and video games, for Oliver, sports were an outlet.
In her 10th season at the helm of the program, Lady Lion hoops head coach Coquese Washington is Penn State’s first African American female head coach.
Since arriving on campus, Washington has brought the Lady Lions back into the national spotlight, igniting energy on the court to change the program for the better. Washington however, cares not just about her team’s performance on the court though, placing just as much emphasis on how her teams spend time off the court too.
“We try to expose our student-athletes to all the various aspects of what the human condition means and it has to be about us being external."