Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manager Angela Taylor announced the addition of veteran strength and conditioning Coach Lisa Ciaravella to Head Coach Julie Plank’s staff. Ciaravella spent five seasons as the Head strength coach for the Connecticut Sun where she helped the team to four playoff berths and two Finals appearances. She was also named to the 2006 WNBA Coaching staff of the year.

"As an organization, we feel that the health and fitness of the players on our roster will be critical to the long-term success of this organization, so we are extremely excited to add Lisa Ciaravella to a medical team that we feel is the best in the WNBA,” said Taylor. “Lisa's addition to our staff continues our efforts to surround our players with people who are the best at what they do. We look forward to being the best conditioned team in the WNBA."

Ciaravella is the founder of the North Carolina based Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, a state of the art, out-patient facility which specializes in injury rehabilitation, sport training and performance enhancements. She held strength and conditioning coaching positions at Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.

“I am excited about the opportunity to assist Julie Plank and the Washington Mystics in reaching its goal and look forward to a successful season,” said Ciaravella.

Ciaravella has achieved certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Athletic Training Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She received her Masters of Sports and Athletic Administration from Lynn University and a B.S. in Sports Medicine from Elon University.

Plank added, “I could not be more ecstatic to add Lisa to our staff. She will be a huge addition to our team, and I feel very confident that our Mystic team will be in top condition throughout the season. She will only add to our efforts in establishing a winning tradition within the Mystic organization. I look forward to having her on board.”

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