PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women’s basketball added three-time WNBA All-Star and Scarlet Knights alum, Kahleah Copper, to its 2023-24 coaching staff. Copper, who played for Rutgers from 2012 to 2016, was picked No. 7 overall in the 2016 WNBA draft and has since become a WNBA Champion, WNBA Finals MVP, and one of the league’s most dynamic players.
Copper assumes the role of Director of Athletic Culture & Professional Development, focusing on aiding student-athletes in their careers at the next level. Her responsibilities include recruiting, alumni events, fundraising, and community outreach. As an eight-year WNBA veteran, Copper will also assist with on-court workouts and share her professional basketball experience.
Head coach Coquese Washington expressed excitement about Copper’s addition to the program, highlighting her championship knowledge and impact on the team. Washington described Copper as a winner and one of the world’s best players, expressing eagerness to have her back at Rutgers.
After playing for the Washington Mystics, Copper joined the Chicago Sky in 2017. She has since become a three-time WNBA All-Star and led the team to its first WNBA Championship in 2021.
Copper expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm to be back at Rutgers, emphasizing her commitment to the players’ growth on and off the court.
With 254 games played, Copper holds a prominent position in the Chicago Sky’s history, ranking in the top-five for scoring and rebounds.
Copper returns to Rutgers following an impressive 2023 WNBA season, where she led the Chicago Sky to the playoffs.
Before her professional career, Copper played for Rutgers and achieved significant success, including leading the team in scoring for her final three seasons.
Copper’s remarkable college career included being named the MVP of the 2014 WNIT Championship and earning recognition on various conference teams.
Her impressive performance during her senior season earned her praise and accolades from across the nation.
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