Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Washington honored


Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington will be honored along with coaches Clarence "Big House" Gaines and Eddie Robinson at the Black Coaches Assn. convention Saturday in Indianapolis. All three will receive lifetime achievement awards.

Washington, who has been KU's women's coach for 30 years, called it a "wonderful honor."

Washington has guided KU to more than 550 wins, won seven conference titles and six league tournament titles and taken the Jayhawks to 11 NCAA tournaments.

She was the first African-American to coach a U.S. national team in international play when she coached the U.S. Select Team to a 7-1 record in 1983. In 1969, she was one of the first two black women to play for the U.S. in international competition.

Washington also served two terms as BCA president.

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