Born and raised in West Chester, Marion attended West Chester High School
and then matriculated to West Chester State College. She immediately became an
outstanding student and star athlete for the Lady Rams where she lettered in both
basketball and track. She was a star player on the WCU's 1969 National Championship
Basketball team. In 1973 she became the head coach of women's basketball
at the University of Kansas, a position she held until 2004. Her won-lost record at
Kansas was 560-363 (.607). She led the Jayhawks to 11 NCAA postseason tournaments.
She was named Conference Coach of the Year three times. She also served
as Kansas's Director of Women's Athletics. Marion was an assistant coach of the
1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning team. In 2004 Coach Washington was
inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the
Kansas Hall of Fame.