Former players Michelle Marciniak, Lindsey Wilson, Tully Bevilaqua and Liz Lay have turned to a future that doesn't include basketball.
Life after basketball
Athletes can find it difficult to transition from playing to working in a more commonplace profession. Many stay close to the game by becoming a coach or working on a team’s staff. Former Washington forward Mackenzie Argens is the latest to take that route, joining a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association-supported “So You Want To Be A Coach” program held at the Final Four in April.
Here are four players with local ties who chose different, non-basketball paths:
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Then: Guard for Seattle Storm (2001-03), MVP for Tennessee’s 1996 NCAA championship team.
Now: Co-founder of SHEEX, performance bedding inspired by professional-quality athletic fabrics.
Then: WNBA draft pick (2003), all-Big 12 guard at Iowa State, star at Roosevelt High School.
Now: Certified hypnotist and founder of Positive Performance Consulting, giving mental performance training.
Then: Guard for 2004 Storm championship team, Australian Olympic medalist.
Now: Co-owner of Gym 41, featuring personal training and boot camps, in Indianapolis.
Then: University of Washington player (2009-11), nationally ranked high school forward from Oklahoma.
Now: Aspiring actress.