Kate Werner Joins WSU Hoop Staff

May 12, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Kate Werner, who starred for Pullman High School in three sports during the early 1990's, has joined the basketball staff of Washington State University Women's Head Coach June Daugherty. Werner will serve as director of basketball operations.

The 1995 graduate of Pullman High lettered three times each in volleyball, basketball and softball and was an All-Frontier League honoree in both volleyball and basketball.

Werner was also a member of Daugherty's staff at the University of Washington, 2003-2007. She handled team travel, summer camps, budgeting and community service activities for the Huskies and will have similar duties at WSU.

We are thrilled she is joining the basketball family at Washington State.,' commented Daugherty. 'She will be a great asset with our student-athletes. Kate is a very positive, enthusiastic, energetic person. I've never seen her when she wasn't enthusiastic. She approaches every day with a positive attitude and is a very infectious person in a positive way.'

'It was a no brainer when June offered me the position,' Werner said.

'I've developed over the past few years a deep appreciation for June and Mike. I believe in them and I believe in their system. They know what they are doing and they are established coaches. Together they have a great knowledge of the game and a passion for the players they coach. I am so excited they are coming to Pullman and have the opportunity to take this program and develop it.'

From PHS Werner attended Whitworth College, where she had an outstanding basketball career and also played softball as a junior and senior, the first two years the Pirates offered the sport.

As a senior Werner set a Whitworth record for single season three point percentage, making 31 of 66 attempts (47.0%) from behind the arc. The team's captain, she averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Werner graduated in 1999 with a degree in business management, then in 2003 received her master's degree in education with an emphasis in guidance and counseling.

While a graduate student at Whitworth, Werner served three years (2000-03) as an assistant women's basketball coach and equipment manager for the Pirates and also was an assistant softball coach for four years (2000-04).

'I'm a big believer you can adapt anywhere you are at, but for me home is where the heart is and my heart is in Pullman,' says Werner. 'There is something special about Washington State and being a Cougar. It doesn't go away. Something about those Cougs leaves an impression in your heart. I have not been shy about my love and passion for the Cougs. I refuse to be a closet Coug, I was very open about it (in Seattle).'

'Kate will coordinate team travel, be involved in recruitment activities and the day to day operations of women's basketball will be her domain,' Daugherty explained. 'I am very confident in her abilities and look forward to her joining us and helping us in the new championship era of women's basketball.'

The new addition to Daugherty's staff is the daughter of Mike and Vivian Werner, Pullman. Her father played basketball at WSU for head coach Marv Harshman, earning letters in 1964-66-67.

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