Kahleah Copper Returns to Rutgers as Assistant Coach, Embracing a Full-Circle Moment

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The former Scarlet Knights player, who averaged 14 points and 5.8 rebounds during her college career from 2012-2016, will take on the role of Director of Athletic Culture and Professional Development.

Kahleah Copper Returns to Rutgers as Assistant Coach, Embracing a Full-Circle Moment
Kahleah Copper Returns to Rutgers as Assistant Coach, Embracing a Full-Circle Moment ( Photo: Swish Appeal )

Chicago Sky’s standout player Kahleah Copper is returning to her alma mater, Rutgers, to join the women’s basketball team as an assistant coach

Kahleah Copper, who recently won the 2021 WNBA title with the Chicago Sky, expressed her excitement about the opportunity to give back to the program that shaped her into the player and person she is today. Rutgers coach Coquese Washington described the players’ reaction upon hearing the news of Copper coaching them as having “eyes as big as saucers.”

This marks Kahleah Copper’s alternate adventure into coaching, having preliminarily served as an adjunct for the Purdue University Northwest basketball team in the 2020-21 season. Reflecting on her coaching experience, Kahleah Copper emphasized her newfound appreciation for giving, leadership, and thickness.

Washington, who also juggled college coaching and WNBA playing during her career, sees Kahleah Copper as an ideal mentor for the players

The former Philadelphia player, drafted by the Washington Mystics in 2016 and later traded to Chicago in 2017, boasts an impressive career, including being named the finals MVP and WNBA champion.

Kahleah Copper joins a growing trend of WNBA players entering college coaching, aligning with the likes of Rhyne Howard, Ariel Atkins, Rachel Banham, and Brionna Jones taking on coaching roles at various universities this season.

 

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