Penn State women’s basketball welcomes three to staff

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State women’s basketball coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the hiring of three members to her coaching staff. Terri Williams and Sharnee Zoll-Norman join Penn State as assistant coaches, while Maggie Lucas will serve as Director of Player Development.

Lucas, a 2014 graduate, and Williams, a 1991 graduate, return to their alma mater. Lucas was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, while Williams helped Penn State to two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Williams brings 29 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level, including 17 seasons as a head coach. She has a career record of 283-242 as a coach. She recently served nine years as the head coach at Auburn, leading the Tigers to 140 wins. She led Auburn to three NCAA Tournament appearances along with two WNIT appearances.

“I am thrilled to welcome Terri back to Penn State,” said Kieger. “She has a wealth of head coaching experience and a passion for helping young women reach their dreams. Her strong relationships, experience, and Penn State pride make her the perfect fit to help us take our program to another level. Terri has always been someone I have respected in this profession, and I cannot wait to get to work with her and welcome her back to Happy Valley!”

In 2018-19, Williams guided Auburn to a 22-10 record and single-season program records for three-pointers made (193) and fewest turnovers (417). Williams’ Auburn defenses forced more than 20 turnovers per game in her tenure. The Tigers ranked third in the nation in steals per game (13.2) and turnovers forced per game (22.9). In her first season at Auburn, in 2012-13, the Tigers set a school record with 402 steals and forced 701 turnovers.

Zoll-Norman spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Rhode Island. She served on the Rams’ staff after concluding a 14-year professional career, including three seasons in the WNBA.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Sharnee and her family to Penn State,” said Kieger. “Not only has she had a successful playing career in college, the WNBA, and overseas, but she has emerged as one of the best assistants in the country. She has helped Rhode Island transform their program and I know she has goals to do the same thing here at Penn State. Her desire to help players develop on and off the court is infectious and will be a huge asset to our program. With strong recruiting ties in our region, along with her high basketball IQ, Sharnee will no doubt help elevate our program.”


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