McCray-Penson was a renowned basketball player herself, winning two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. Women's National Team in 1996 and 2000.
As a coach, McCray-Penson made significant contributions to the ODU women's basketball program during her tenure.
She coached the ODU Lady Monarchs for five seasons, from 2017 to 2022.
McCray-Penson's coaching skills and dedication were evident in her efforts to rebuild the program and guide the team to success.
She led the Lady Monarchs to the Conference USA Tournament in 2019, marking the team's first appearance since 2014.
McCray-Penson's passion for the game and commitment to player development made her an influential figure in the basketball community.
Prior to her coaching career, she played professionally in the WNBA for several teams, including the Washington Mystics and the Phoenix Mercury.
McCray-Penson's impact extended beyond the basketball court, as she was known for her leadership and mentorship of young athletes.
Her passing leaves a void in the basketball world, but her legacy will continue to inspire and shape the future of the sport.