Navy Women's Basketball Assistant Maren Walseth Hired At Penn State

Walseth leaves Navy to return to her alma mater

May 14, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.; May 9, 2007 -- Penn State women's basketball head coach Coquese Washington today announced the addition of Itoro Coleman, Kia Damon and former Lady Lion standout Maren Walseth to her coaching staff. Washington also announced that Rachel Rito will remain on as the Director of Basketball Operations and Mike Miller will continue to serve as the Video Coordinator.

"I am very happy to have our coaching staff in place and look forward to focusing on getting ready for the upcoming season," Washington said. "All three of these coaches bring a little something different to the table and I believe that we have established a staff that will help Penn State return to the role of national contender."

Walseth returns to Happy Valley after three seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. At Navy, Walseth was primarily responsible for working with the post players, including the development of All-Patriot League performer Nikki Curtis and All-Lowe's Senior CLASS first team selection Kate Hobbs. Additionally, Walseth assisted with recruiting, prepared team scouting reports, managed the film exchange program and worked with the male scout team. She also served as the academic liaison for the women's basketball team

"Maren has a true passion for Penn State and that is very evident in the way that she speaks about her experiences here as a player," Washington said. "She has a talent for player development and will quickly put her fingerprint on our post players. Maren will be a great ambassador for this program and this university as we look toward the future of the Lady Lion program."

As a player at Penn State, Walseth was a key member of the Lady Lion team that advanced to the 2000 NCAA Final Four. Walseth, who was also a member of the 1998 WNIT championship team, is 14th on the Lady Lions' career scoring charts with 1,328 points and 16th in rebounding (645). During her career, Walseth earned All-Big Ten first team accolades in 2000 and 2001, a Kodak All-District berth in 2001 and a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman squad in 1998.

"I am thrilled to be back at Penn State," Walseth said. "I believe that the university and athletic department are very supportive of the development of the women's basketball program. After meeting with Coquese and seeing her vision for the program, I am very excited to be part of her staff and look forward to bringing highly motivated student-athletes to the university. I had a great experience as a player here and want to help the current and future Lady Lions have the same type of well-rounded experience that I had at Penn State."

After her time at Penn State, Walseth, who was the Sacramento Monarch's third-round pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, spent four years in the professional ranks. Walseth spent the 2002 season with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, before heading overseas to play with Cavigal of the French Basketball Federation in 2002-03. She also played with SCAB 63 of the French Basketball Federation, in addition to a season with the Colorado Chill of the National Women's Basketball League.

Walseth earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Penn State in 2002.

Maren Walseth