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Lady Lions Welcome Three To Coaching Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the hiring of three members to her coaching staff. Terri Williams and Sharnee Zoll-Norman join Penn State as assistant coaches, while Maggie Lucas will serve as Director of Player Development.

Lucas, a 2014 graduate, and Williams, a 1991 graduate, return to their alma mater. Lucas was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, while Williams helped Penn State to two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Terry Williams

Williams brings 29 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level, including 17 seasons as a head coach. She has a career record of 283-242 as a head coach.

She recently served nine years as the head coach at Auburn, leading the Tigers to 140 wins. She led Auburn to three NCAA Tournament appearances along with two WNIT appearances.

“I am thrilled to welcome Terri back to Penn State,” said Kieger. “She has a wealth of head coaching experience and a passion for helping young women reach their dreams. Her strong relationships, experience, and Penn State pride make her the perfect fit to help us take our program to another level. Terri has always been someone I have respected in this profession, and I cannot wait to get to work with her and welcome her back to Happy Valley!”

In 2018-19, Williams guided Auburn to a 22-10 record and single-season program records for three-pointers made (193) and fewest turnovers (417).

Williams’ Auburn defenses forced more than 20 turnovers per game in her tenure. The Tigers ranked third in the nation in steals per game (13.2) and turnovers forced per game (22.9). In her first season at Auburn, in 2012-13, the Tigers set a school record with 402 steals and forced 701 turnovers.

Prior to Auburn, Williams was the head coach at Georgetown for eight years, leading the Hoyas to 20 or more wins in each of her last four seasons. She posted a 143-104 record at Georgetown, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2012, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. The Hoyas also reached the WNIT quarterfinals in 2009.

Williams served 12 years as an assistant coach, making stops at Southwest Missouri State (2002-04), Georgia (1996-2002) and Georgetown (1992-96). She was also an assistant coach for Team USA during the summer of 2011, helping the team to a gold medal.

Williams was a four-year letterwinner as a player at Penn State and graduated with a degree in business management.

Sharnee Zoll-Norman

Zoll-Norman spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Rhode Island. She served on the Rams’ staff after concluding a 14-year professional career, including three seasons in the WNBA.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Sharnee and her family to Penn State,” said Kieger. “Not only has she had a successful playing career in college, the WNBA, and overseas, but she has emerged as one of the best assistants in the country. She has helped Rhode Island transform their program and I know she has goals to do the same thing here at Penn State. Her desire to help players develop on and off the court is infectious and will be a huge asset to our program. With strong recruiting ties in our region, along with her high basketball IQ, Sharnee will no doubt help elevate our program.”

During Zoll-Norman’s time at Rhode Island, the Rams went 46-31, increasing their win percentage each season. In 2021-22, Rhode Island had a 22-7 record and played in the WNIT.

Over the last three seasons, Rhode Island had eight All-Atlantic 10 selections, including three first team honorees. Zoll-Norman was part of a staff that helped Tammi Reiss to be named 2021 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

Prior to Rhode Island, Zoll-Norman spent two seasons as an assistant with the Philadelphia Belles AAU program, helping the team with scouting reports, practice plans, player development and recruiting.

Zoll-Norman was the 29th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She also spent time with the Minnesota Lynx.

She most recently played with InvestInTheWest AZS Gorzow in Poland. She led the team to a Top 16 finish in the EuroCup and second in the Polish League. She was the 2018 EuroCup Guard of the Year and was a five-time Eurobasket All-Polish First Team honoree. In 2017, she led the team to its first Polish League Championship in 30 years and was named both regular season and postseason MVP.

Zoll-Norman graduated from Virginia in 2008. As a Cavalier, Zoll-Norman was a 1,000-point scorer and started every game of her career. She’s the only woman in ACC history to record at least 200 assists in three straight seasons. She broke the ACC and Virginia record with 785 assists, both previously held by Dawn Staley. She won a gold medal as a member of the Team USA U19 team in 2005.

Maggie Lucas

Lucas joins the Penn State staff as director of player development after concluding an eight-year professional career, including four seasons in the WNBA. She played three seasons with the Indiana Fever (2014-16) and split the 2018 season with the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings.

While playing for Lulea in Sweden in 2021, she led the team to an SBLDAM Championship and was the league’s finals MVP. Lucas was named All-Euro Cup first team in 2022 while playing for Dinamo Sassari.

“I am beyond excited to welcome Maggie back home,” said head coach Carolyn Kieger. “Her passion for Penn State is unmatched and her desire to make herself and those around her better is unparalleled. Her determination to be the best on and off the court will no doubt transfer over to our players. Her experience here at Penn State, as well as in the WNBA and overseas, will give our program an instant jolt and edge. I have zero doubts Maggie will be an immediate impact for our players and program.”

Lucas’ name is all over the Penn State record books. She won three major Big Ten awards. Lucas was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 (coaches & media) and 2014 (media) and was also the consensus Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011. Lucas was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a four-time All-Big Ten honoree.

Lucas led Penn State to three-straight Big Ten regular season titles in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Lady Lions played in the NCAA Tournament all four years with Lucas on campus and made Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2014.

A Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist in 2013 and 2014, Lucas was a second-team AP All-American in 2013 and a third-team AP All-American in 2014. She was a two-time USBWA All-American, a two- time Full-Court All-American and a Full-Court Freshman All-American.

Lucas is the only player in program history with over 2,000 points (2,510), 500 rebounds (541), 250 assists (286) and 200 steals (237).

She ranks second all-time at Penn State with 2,510 career points and holds the second-best career scoring average (19.0 ppg). Her 2,510 points from her rank eighth All-Time in the Big Ten.

She holds three of the Top 10 scoring seasons in program history with 672 points in 2013-14, 644 points in 2012-13 and 642 points in 2011-12, while holding the freshman scoring record with 552 points in 2010-11.

Known for her incredible shooting abilities, Lucas holds the Penn State record for career three-point fields goals with 365. Her 365 career threes rank third all-time in the Big Ten.

She also ranks third all-time at PSU with a 41.5 three-point field goal percentage. She owns Penn State’s season three-point field goals record (112 in 2010-11).

Lucas has the Penn State records for career free throws (547), career free throw percentage (90.7) and season free throws (185, 2013-14).

She shot a Big Ten-record 94.9 percent from the free-throw line in 2013-14, good for the eighth-best season percentage in NCAA Division I history. Her 90.7 career free throw percentage, also a Big Ten record, also ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I.

Lucas graduated from Penn State with a degree in recreation, parks & tourism management.

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