Rutgers women’s hoops adds former star, WNBA champion to coaching staff

Kahleah Copper, star of the Chicago Sky, has accepted a position with Rutgers University. The 29-year-old will be returning to her alma mater as part of the women’s basketball coaching staff this WNBA offseason.

Copper, a Philadelphia native, will take on the role of Director of Athletic Culture and Professional Development. In this capacity, she will focus on developing players and preparing them for professional career opportunities, as well as participating in recruiting efforts, alumni events, fundraising, and community outreach.

In the words of Rutgers coach Coquese Washington, the role Copper will play is an extension of the Scarlet Knights for Life initiative. The aim is to help players understand how to build their personal brand and grow as businesswomen off the court.

After recently finishing training camp and exhibition games with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, Copper is eager to start her new role. Her arrival is highly anticipated by the players she will be working with.

According to junior Destiny Adams, the prospect of being trained by someone who has played at the highest level is exciting. Copper is expected to push the players to be their best.

Copper’s impressive basketball career includes leading the Chicago Sky to its first WNBA championship in 2021 and being the team’s top scorer last season.

Washington is looking forward to having Copper assist with practice sessions, ensuring she brings the same level of commitment to her role at Rutgers.

Washington has high expectations for Copper, emphasizing that she should give everything she has to the program every day.

In her previous stint with the Scarlet Knights, Copper led the team to a 2014 WNIT championship and was named tournament MVP, cementing her status as an outstanding athlete.

Copper’s contribution to Rutgers during her college years is noteworthy. As the team’s leading scorer in her final seasons and third on the all-time scoring list, her accomplishments are a testament to her continued dedication to the program.

Her return home to Rutgers is eagerly anticipated and her commitment to her new role is unwavering.


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