Last year, after 13 seasons in the WNBA, Penny Taylor retired. She had an outstanding career with the Phoenix Mercury (1o seasons) and has decided she will stick around and be apart of the front office. Phoenix announced today, Taylor has been hired to be the team’s Director of Player Development and Performance.
“I could not be more excited and enthusiastic to be able to remain a part of the team and club that has given me so much. I look forward to working with these great players and coaches and striving to achieve our individual and team goals. See you soon, X-Factor!” Taylor stated.
Taylor’s responsibilities will include, overseeing the on-court development and skill-training of Mercury players, which will begin in April at the Mercury’s training camp.
Jim Pitman, the Mercury’s General Manager said in a press release:
“As we have always tried to make clear, our organization owes a great deal to Penny Taylor and our hope was that her post-playing career would keep her here, as well. After playing her final season in 2016, it was important that she took time to consider the next stage of her career, and we couldn’t be happier that she has decided to join our basketball staff in this newly-created player development role. Who better to learn from than a WNBA Champion, an Olympian, a World Champion, an All-Star, and one of the best people you’ll ever meet? We will always have a place in our organization for Penny.”