Marianne Stanley to Coach Mystics
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Marianne Stanley was hired as coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics on Thursday, and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt became a consultant.
Stanley, who won three national championships at Old Dominion and was an assistant with the Mystics last year under Tom Maher, becomes the sixth coach in five seasons for a franchise that has never had a winning record. Washington is 39-87 since entering the league in 1998, and went 10-22 in its only season under Maher, who resigned Jan. 4.
Summitt, who has won six NCAA titles in 28 years at Tennessee, turned down an offer to coach the Mystics in January, but said she might be willing to advise the WNBA team once a coach was hired. The Mystics’ star player is Chamique Holdsclaw, who played for Summitt at Tennessee.
``When Chamique went to the Mystics, I followed her career closely,″ Summitt said. ``I love D.C. The fans are awesome.″
Summitt will remain the coach at Tennessee, where she has a contract through 2005 worth about $550,000 a year. She will assist the Mystics in the upcoming draft, taking some of the duties held by departed general manager Melissa McFerrin.
``They will tell me what they want position-wise, and I will tell them if I were the coach this is who I would take,″ she said.
Stanley had a 415-224 record over 21 years at five different colleges. Before joining the Mystics, she was an assistant with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.