Rutgers alum Kahleah Copper will enrich the Scarlet Knights women’s basketball staff for the 2023-24 season as Director of Athletic Culture and Professional Development, joining Aliyah Boston and Rhyne Howard in offseason jobs in collegiate women’s basketball.
From 2012 to 2016, Copper played for Rutgers, was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft, and achieved a WNBA champion and WNBA Finals MVP title.
Head coach Coquese Washington expressed her excitement by saying, “Having Kahleah Copper join our program is a truly amazing opportunity for us. Kahleah is an unquestioned winner and one of the best players in the world. Bringing her championship knowledge and experience to our gym on a daily basis is something our players are eager to soak up. Kahleah absolutely loves Rutgers, and we can’t wait to have her back On the Banks, helping to elevate this program to national prominence. It’s exciting to imagine all the ways Kahleah will positively impact our program.”
Copper’s role will include helping athletes grow and develop for careers on the next level, recruiting efforts, alumni events, fundraising, community outreach, and on-court workouts, drawing from her professional basketball experience.
Excited about her return, Copper said, “My blood runs Scarlet, and I can’t wait to be back home on campus helping this program that is so important to me. I’m grateful to Rutgers and the coaching staff for entrusting me with this responsibility, and I will pour everything I have into our players and lean in on everything that I have learned in my career to help them reach their highest level both on and off the court.”
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