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Kansas Legend Marian Washington Fails to Make HOF Cut

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Former Kansas women’s basketball coach Marian Washington was not named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.

The finalists were announced during a press conference in Cleveland during NBA All-Star Weekend. The entire Class of 2022 will be announced during the men’s Final Four, with induction set for Sept. 9-10.

Washington is considered one of the trailblazers in women’s college basketball. She spent her entire coaching career at Kansas, first as an assistant coach in 1972 before she took over the head-coaching job in 1973. She led the program until the spring of 2004, when she retired from coaching. From 1974-79, she was also the director for women’s athletics at Kansas.

 

Washington guided Kansas basketball for 31 seasons, from the AIAW to the NCAA, and won 560 games. She led the Jayhawks to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the Sweet 16 and won at least 20 games 17 different times. She led Kansas to seven conference titles and six conference tournament titles.

She was the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1996 and the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1997.

She was the first African-American woman to coach a U.S. team in international competition, leading the U.S. to a silver medal at the R. William Jones Cup in Taiwan in 1982. She was an assistant for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, making her the first African-American coach to serve on a U.S. Olympic women’s basketball staff.

She was the first woman to serve as president of the Black Coaches Association and was given the BCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Kansas recently re-named its locker room in Washington’s honor.

Before coaching, Washington led West Chester State to the first national title in women’s college basketball, was a two-time AAU All-American and was one of the first two African-American women to play internationally, representing the United States at the 1971 World Championship.

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