Coddens leaving coaching for Washington AD job

"This school is very, very important to me."

Marilyn Coddens loves Washington High School.

It's why when she saw an opportunity to touch more students at the school and do more, she jumped at it.

Her decision does come with a major sacrifice.

Coddens is stepping down as Washington's girls basketball coach to become the school's new Athletic Director.

Coddens has led the Lady Panthers to three straight state championship games, including an IHSAA Championship win in 2007.

"Next to my family, my girls basketball players have been the most important thing...," Coddens began to say unable to complete the sentence.

The 14-year Panther coach had an extremely emotional Monday---from assuming the full-time position as Athletic Director to having to inform her players that she was moving on.

"It was time," Coddens said. "It was definitely time."

Under Coddens, The Lady Panthers were an incredible 76-6 over the past three seasons.

Now she's hoping to bring that type of success to the rest of the Washington sports programs.

"I really want to turn Washington into a powerhouse in all sports," Coddens explained Monday night.

"Not just in girls basketball, boys basketball, football----all sports. Tennis, track---all sports. Swimming, wrestling."

Coddens was given the option to be both Athletic Director and girls basketball coach, but she said she could not possibly do both justice.

She turned out several Divison One players during her tenure including Jackie Batteast of Notre Dame, Emily Philips of Penn State, Ashley Varner of Valpo, Xavier's Jeri Taylor and current 1st team HS All-American Skylar Diggins.

Coddens' overall record in 14 seasons was an incredible 245-75.

She is also stepping down as a math teacher at Washington.

Assistant coach Maurice Scott is considered a favorite to replace Coddens on the bench as Washington's varsity girls' basketball coach.

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