The axiom of "what a difference a year makes" is so apropos and applicable to this season for the New York Liberty. Last year, they finished 15-19, didn't qualify for the postseason, and Bill Laimbeer's contract was not renewed.
But this year, they are atop the WNBA with serious aspirations of a WNBA Championship. And tonight their head coach Bill Laimbeer has just been named the 2015 WNBA Coach of the Year.
Laimbeer has done a stellar job, as he's taken the Liberty from one of the worst teams in 2014 to the best team in the WNBA this year. He received 23 out of potential 39 votes, while Indiana Fever head coach Stephanie White was the next closest with seven votes.
This is Laimbeer's second Coach of the Year award, as he received those same honors in his first full season with the Detroit Shock in 2003. New York finished with a record of 23-11 and have secured home court throughout the playoffs.