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Sandy Brondello named head coach of the Phoenix Mercury

The former WNBL and WNBA basketball player, assistant WNBA coach and former head coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars (2010) becomes the head coach of the Mercury after Russ Pennell's departure.


A press release from the Phoenix Mercury states that Sandy Brondello has been named the new head coach of the Phoenix Mercury.  Brondello replaces Russ Pennell, who coached the remaining part of the 2013 season after the departure of Corey Gaines.  She will also become vice-president of player personnel.

Brondello was head coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010 and her husband, Olaf Lange, was associate head coach.  Her only stint as a WNBA head coach ended with the Silver Stars finishing 14-20 and getting swept by Phoenix in the first round of the 2010 Western Conference playoffs.  She was most recently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks under Carol Ross.

From the press release:

“In a thorough search of very qualified candidates, Sandy separated herself as the right coach for this team and the right person for this job,” said Mercury Executive Vice President Jim Pitman. “She is a winner, a leader, an excellent communicator and a detail-oriented tactician. Her lifetime of basketball experience and her ability to evaluate talent year-round will greatly benefit our organization, and we are thrilled to add such a great ambassador of the women’s game.”

"I am very humbled and excited about the opportunity to be the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury,” said Brondello. “It is an organization that I have respected and admired for so long. The team has great past achievements and I will be working hard to continue that legacy of success. I am looking forward to having the great fans in Phoenix behind me now and not against me."