Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Washington Mystics named Mike Thibault
head coach and general manager on Tuesday.
Fired by the Connecticut Sun last month, Thibault replaces Trudi Lacey after
she did not have her contract renewed.
"Mike Thibault has an exemplary track record in building and coaching
successful teams," said Washington president and managing partner Sheila C.
Johnson. "We are excited about him coming on board, and based on his
experience and sustainable tenure in the WNBA, we are confident that he will
establish a new era in Mystics basketball."
Thibault had been the only coach in the Sun's history, taking over in 2003
when the franchise relocated from Orlando. He had a record of 206-134 in 10
seasons with eight playoff appearances and was the league's top coach for 2006
"I am extremely excited to be asked to lead the Washington Mystics into a new
era that I believe will be extremely successful on and off the court," said
Thibault, who guided the Sun to the WNBA Finals in 2004 and 2005.
The Mystics lost their final 13 games to finish with a league-worst 5-29
record last season.
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