Marian Washington

While most people know that Marian Washington is the winningest women’s basketball coach in KU history, many are unaware of the pivotal role she played in the development of women’s athletics at KU in the 1970s. She was appointed Women’s Athletic Director after the passage of Title IX, and was also the coach for the women's cross country and track and field teams in 1973-1974. Throughout her years as the athletic director, Washington fought for additional funding and support of women’s athletics.

Marian Washington’s many accolades include: winning the WNIT as a player in 1969, being the first African American on the US National team, US Track and Field Federation champion and discuss record holder in 1972 and 1973, two-time Big 8 Coach of the Year (1996-1997), winningest coach in KU’s women’s basketball history, 1996 William I. Koch Outstanding Kansas Woman of the Year, and Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame member.