Talisha Washington joined the women's basketball staff as an assistant in June of 2017 and was promoted to the Head Coach in May of 2019.
In her first year as the Westminster Head Coach, Washington led the Blue Jays to a 12-13 record (11-7 SLIAC) and coached two All-Conference players in Kallee Dowler (Second Team) and Reese Arnold (Third Team).
In 2017-18 the Blue Jays recorded the top three records for points in a game in school history, while improving the win total from the 2016-17 season. The squad reached the SLIAC Tournament title game for the fourth time in school history, becoming the first-ever No. 4 seed in the tournament to upset the top seed and advance to the championship. The team was ranked No. 2 nationally in offensive rebounding. The Blue Jays also ranked No. 17 in the nation on the WBCA Academic Honor Roll.
Kendahl Adams was named to the SLIAC All-Conference first team and the D3Hoops.com All-Region team. She set records for points in a season, field goals in a season, and rebounds in a season. Freshman Grace Archambault was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Prior to joining the staff at Westminster, she has been an assistant with the Fulton High School Girl's Basketball team for three seasons.
Washington has been a personal trainer and Sport and Programs Director at the Callaway YMCA. Her YMCA experience has given her many youth coaching responsibilities, as well as implementing the leagues for nine sports. Washington was also responsible for creating and maintaining a budget for the programs for each fiscal year.
As a personal trainer, Washington worked with clients to develop fitness and nutrition plans.
A former member of the Blue Jay women's basketball team, Washington was a three-year letter-winner for Westminster from 2010-13 after transferring from Missouri Southern. She was a member of the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team in 2012, and was part of the program's first-ever SLIAC regular season and tournament title. Washington's teams earned trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
Washington also played softball at Westminster for the 2013 season.
A Fulton native, Washington is a Fulton High School graduate. She received her bachelor's in Business and Sports Management from Westminster in 2013 and a master's in Athletic/Activities Administration from William Woods in 2016.
Washington resides in Fulton with her daughter, Kenzi.