Penn State named former Marquette head coach Carolyn Kieger as its women’s basketball coach on Wednesday. Kieger has spent the last five seasons leading the Golden Eagles to a 99-64 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Marquette won a share of the Big East in 2017-18 and won the conference outright this past season. She was named as the Big East Co-Coach of the Year following the 2017-18 season along with Harry Perretta of Villanova.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Head Coach Carolyn Kieger!
— Penn State Lady Lion Basketball (@PennStateWBB) April 3, 2019
After serving as an assistant at Miami (FL), Kieger took over Marquette (her alma mater) at just 30-years-old. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award that is presented to the top collegiate point guard. Kieger was the first Golden Eagle with 1,200 points, 400 rebounds and 600 assists for a career, and is the school's all-time assist leader.
Kieger takes over for Coquese Washington who was fired after 12 seasons. After her rebuild at Marquette, Kieger faces a similar path at Penn State where the Lady Lions have missed the NCAA for four consecutive years.