Jackson State University
16th Season at JSU
Rosemarie Washington begins her 16th year at the helm of the Lady Tigers volleyball
program in 2017. Washington is one of the premiere volleyball coaches in the HBCU ranks and she continues to build her program on discipline, dedication, hard work and the ability to teach and develop student-athletes. Over her previous 15 years at the helm of the JSU program, Washington has made her program one of the most successful in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
During her tenure at JSU, she has recorded a 249-294 overall record, to go along with
five SWAC Eastern Division titles and three SWAC Tournament Championships. Her teams have won 24 or more games three times (2010, 2011 and 2012). Washington has the most career wins in JSU volleyball history.
In 2011 the Lady Tigers won their first Southwestern Athletic Conference title and
made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. They carried their 2011 success into 2012 picking up their second SWAC title and an additional NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lady Tigers repeated the feat for a third time during the 2016
season for a third title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Washington also received the honor of being named SWAC 2011, 2012, and 2013 Volleyball Coach of the Year.
In addition to her coaching duties, Washington has served the JSU Division of
Athletics in other capacities. From 2009-11, she served as the assistant athletics director of internal affairs, where she oversaw athletics administrative assistants, secretaries, facilities and athletic trainers. She was a member of the JSU APR Task Force from 2010-2012 and the Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame Selection
Committee from 2009-present. She served on the Southwestern Athletic Conference Strategic Planning Committee (2014-present), the AVCA Division I Volleyball Coaches Committee (2011-present) and the NCAA Division I Regional Selection Committee (2002-2005, 2011-present).
Washington is a 1977 graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in health and physical education. She served as the Lady Tigers graduate assistant from 1978 to 1980 while earning her master’s in health and physical education. During her two seasons with JSU, she helped establish a successful club team. In 1980, she moved to Baton Rouge, La., to serve as the Southern University head volleyball coach for two seasons.
Before her return to JSU, Washington lived in Los Angeles, where she operated her own business. Upon returning to Jackson, Miss. in 1999, she volunteered as a coach for youth recreational volleyball and basketball leagues.
A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands Washington was a four-sport athlete before attending JSU. She represented the Virgin Islands on numerous all-star basketball, volleyball and softball teams.