Bridget Pettis Named Head Coach of Local Middle School

Posted: Nov. 13, 2008

The Phoenix Mercury announced today that assistant coach Bridget Pettis has been named the head coach of Madison Park Middle School’s girl’s basketball team. Pettis’ role with the Mercury will not change as a result of her new position.

Pettis is holding tryouts this week to form the 14-girl varsity team. The Lions will begin preparing to face their first opponent at their season opener on December 1.

“I was thrilled when the school approached me to coach the basketball team,” said Pettis. “I see this as a great opportunity for me to stay active in the community during the Mercury’s offseason while developing young women’s basketball and life skills.”

A nine-year veteran of the WNBA, Pettis was an original member of the inaugural Mercury club in 1997, selected by the team with the seventh pick in the 1997 Elite Draft. The University of Florida product played in a club-record 154 consecutive games from 1997-2001 and owns career averages of 6.2 points. 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 228 career games.

Pettis, who returned to play for the Mercury in 2006 before retiring midway through the season, was honored along with former teammates Michele Timms and Jennifer Gillom and former coach Cheryl Miller with a banner that hangs permanently in US Airways Center.

Tickets to watch the Mercury return to championship form in 2009 are available now on and by calling (602) 252-WNBA.