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Cooper Hired As WNBA Mercury Coach

January 9, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) _ Retired Houston Comets star Cynthia Cooper was hired Monday to coach the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.

Cooper will replace Cheryl Miller, who resigned in December after four years on the job.

``I am truly honored and excited about coaching this talented team,″ Cooper said. ``I am looking forward to being a part of bringing a championship to the city of Phoenix.″

The team did not release details of Cooper’s three-year deal.

``This is a very exciting day for the Mercury to get the opportunity to add a true champion in Cynthia Cooper to our organization,″ said Seth Sulka, the team’s vice president of business and basketball operations.

Cooper, 37, retired as a player after helping lead the Comets to a fourth consecutive league title last year.

She was the WNBA championship series MVP for all four years of the league’s existence. She helped make the Comets the only champion the league ever has had.

Cooper was the WNBA’s scoring champion in her first three year. In the season opener last year, she became the first player in the league to reach 2,000 career points.

Miller, sister of Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller, compiled a 70-52 record with the Mercury. She coached the team to the 1998 WNBA final, where the Mercury lost to the Comets.

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