Jessie Kenlaw Named Mystics Interim Head Coach

Tree Rollins Relieved of Duties

July 19, 2008

Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manager Linda Hargrove announced today that Tree Rollins has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the team. Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting, Jessie Kenlaw has been named the Interim Head Coach. Assistant Coach Crystal Robinson will remain in her capacity with the team.

“We appreciate all of Tree’s efforts on behalf of the Mystics and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Hargrove. “We feel that Jessie’s high energy and discipline approach to the game will inspire our team.”

A veteran of the WNBA, Kenlaw has coached in the league for the last eight years. She was the lead assistant for the Seattle Storm team that captured the 2004 WNBA Championship. She most recently was the assistant coach with the Houston Comets.

Kenlaw joined the Seattle Storm in 2003 and spent four seasons with the team where she helped coach perennial All-Stars, Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. Under her tutelage, Jackson received her first Most Valuable Player Award in 2003. Prior to coaching in Seattle, Kenlaw spent three years with the expansion Portland Fire and a season with the Colorado Xplosion of the American Basketball League (ABL).

Kenlaw also logged eight years as the Head Coach at the University of Houston where she led the team to two post-season appearances. She was named the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1991. She has coached at Louisiana Tech University with Leon Barmore and at Lamar University.

Kenlaw earned her degree in health and physical education at Savannah State College.

Rollins served as an assistant with the Mystics in 2006 and took over the lead role on June 1, 2007.

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