Washington returns to women’s basketball staff

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Head coach Wanda Watkins announced on Thursday that Janice Washington is coming back for her second stint as an assistant coach on the women's basketball staff. She spent six years (2002-08) as an assistant coach with the Lady Camels after her stellar playing career that ran from 1997-2001.

"Janice is no stranger to Campbell University and our women's basketball and I am really excited to have her back in our program," said coach Watkins. "She took us to new heights as a player and was on board our staff for six years. The charisma that she shows as a person and player allows her to be an excellent role model for our student-athletes."

Washington will be responsible for developing the point guards and perimeter players along with assisting with on- and off-campus recruiting. Other duties for Washington include helping with opponent scouting, handling travel accommodations, aiding in fundraising for the Lady Camel Backer Golf Tournament and coordinating the academic needs of the student-athletes.

"Janice brings a wealth of experience into our program that she has gained as a coach and player," said coach Watkins. "We are trying to grow our point guards and there is no better person to have on staff."

In her time away from Buies Creek, Washington worked in Fort Sill, Okla., Vicenza, Italy, Alexandria, Va., and Scranton, Pa. She served as the Advertising and Commercial Sponsorship Program Coordinator in Oklahoma and Virginia, earning the Department of the Army Achievement Medal, the fifth highest award for civilian service, while at Fort Belvoir.

She spent the 2012-13 campaign as the head coach at Lackawanna College, a Division II junior college in Scranton, Pa. The Falcons posted a 15-12 overall and 10-8 mark in Region XIX contests. Two players under the guidance of Washington earned Academic All-Region, while one was placed on the All-Region Second Team.

While working in Vicenza, Italy, Washington served as the assistant coach for the girl's basketball team at Vicenza High School from 2010-2011. The team posted a 17-3 mark after a 1-22 performance the prior year to earn the program's first European Championship.

During her first stint on the Lady Camel staff from 2002-08, Washington worked with developing the post and perimeter players.  She was responsible for all scouting and film exchange, assisting with on and off campus recruiting and the strength and conditioning staff and working with the summer Campbell Girls Basketball School.

The Slidell, La. native finished her Lady Camel career (1997-2001) ranked third in school history with 572 assists, fourth with 256 steals and third with 119 career games played, while pouring in 996 points during her career.

Washington guided the Lady Camels to the Atlantic Sun title and the program's last NCAA appearance in 2000. She helped Campbell to its second-consecutive A-Sun Championship Game appearance in 2001.

As a rookie, she was named to the 1997 A-Sun All-Freshman Team averaging 8.8 points and led the league with 5.5 assists per game. She also was named All Atlantic Sun Second Team in 2001 after averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 assists for the season.

She received her MBA from Campbell in 2004. Washington earned her B.B.A. in trust management from Campbell in 2001.