Crystal Robinson Retires
Veteran to Join Coaching Staff
Washington, D.C. - Washington Mystics General Manager, Linda Hargrove announced today that Mystics Forward, Crystal Robinson has retired and will be a member of the team’s coaching staff. Robinson signed with the team as a free agent on February 8th, 2006. Prior to joining the Mystics, Robinson had an illustrious career with the New York Liberty that spanned seven years. Prior to joining the WNBA, Robinson was a member of the American Basketball League (ABL).
“Crystal has had an unbelievable professional career both in the ABL and the WNBA as well as numerous international teams,” said Hargrove. “She has a great understanding of the game and should have a smooth transition to the coaching seat.”
Robinson was named the ABL’s Rookie of the Year for the 1995-96 season and finished the season averaging 14.9 points per game and 3.4 assists per game. Robinson joined the New York Liberty in 1999 and helped lead the team to five playoff berths. As a member of the Liberty, Robinson averaged 10.7 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. During the Liberty’s playoff runs, she averaged 10.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.
“I feel that this is the right time for me and a great move for me professionally,” said Robinson. “I am looking forward to joining the coaching staff and beginning the next chapter of my basketball career.”
Mystics President and Managing Partner, Sheila Johnson, added “It is important to me as an owner to build careers on the court as well as off the court. I believe that Crystal has a great future as a coach.”
In 2006, Robinson joined the Mystics and helped return the team to the playoffs. Her experience in Head Coach’s Richie Adubato’s system has been a key addition to the team. Last season she recorded 7.4 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game.
“Crystal is a player that played for me in New York and Washington. She is almost like family to me. She is a great defender and a clutch shooter,” said Adubato. “This year she has had some nagging injuries and felt that it was time. She is going to be an asset to me on the bench as she has been a coach on the floor. I wish her the best in her chosen new career.”
Washington will host the 2007 WNBA All-Star game on July 15th Verizon Center. Tickets are available through Ticket Master at (202) 397-SEAT. Season tickets and partial plans for the 2007 Mystics season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1.