WNBA Veteran Laurie Byrd Named Interim Assistant Coach

New York, NY - August 10 - New York Liberty president and general manager Carol Blazejowski announced today that Laurie Byrd has been named interim assistant coach for the remainder of the season. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Byrd will assist interim head coach Anne Donovan in player development, game preparation and scouting, in addition to planning practices and individual player workouts.

The Flint, MI native was an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock for three seasons (2003-2005), which included the 2003 WNBA Championship title. In 2007, she joined the Houston Comets as the director of player personnel and was promoted to assistant coach the next season. Byrd first entered the coaching ranks at the University of Detroit as an assistant for three seasons (1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02).

Byrd graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1982. In 1993 she was inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame, as well as the AAU Hall of Fame. She played in the inaugural season of the American Basketball League (ABL) for the Atlanta Glory in 1996, followed by the San Jose Lasers in 1997.

Byrd will join the Liberty sidelines for the game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 11th against the Sparks at 6 p.m. PST. The game will be televised on ESPN2.