ANGELA TAYLOR NAMED MYSTICS GENERAL MANAGER
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 23, 2008 – Washington Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb announced today that Angela Taylor is joining the team’s front office as the club’s Vice-President and General Manager. For the last two seasons, Taylor has served as the Vice President of Business Operations for the Minnesota Lynx. Prior to joining the Lynx, Taylor spent 10 years at the WNBA league office in various positions within the player personnel department, including serving as Senior Director of Player Personnel. Taylor will assume her duties with the Mystics on October 27.
“Angela brings a wealth of basketball and business experience to the Washington Mystics,” Bibb stated. “We are very fortunate to have someone with over 15 years experience in the WNBA joining our ranks. Angela has been involved with the League since its inception. She has experienced success at all levels of the game…as a player, as a coach, as a basketball administrator and as a business leader. We are excited to welcome her to the Mystics family and I’m eager to begin working with her to create a winning basketball team.”
As the Lynx’s Vice President of Business Operations, Taylor oversaw all of the organization’s business operations and was instrumental in its growth. In 2007, the Lynx led the WNBA in group sales while posting a 48% increase from the 2006 season. Minnesota increased its overall sales revenue by 12% in 2008.
Taylor brings over 15 years of player personnel experience to the Mystics. As the WNBA’s Senior Director of Player personnel, she implemented and oversaw the league’s regional scouting program. Specifically, she supervised the scouting team in the identification and evaluation of elite players. In addition, she helped identified collegiate and international women’s basketball players for the league’s annual draft.
"First, I'd like to thank Sheila Johnson, Ted Leonsis, and the other partners in Lincoln Holdings for giving me the opportunity to join the Washington Mystics organization. Their commitment to the WNBA, vision for the Mystics, and desire to bring a WNBA Championship to Washington, DC were integral to my decision to accept the job,” said Taylor. “I look forward to putting together a great coaching staff and to building a championship caliber team for the loyal Mystics fans. I also want to thank Timberwolves/Lynx Owner Glen Taylor and Lynx COO Roger Griffith for giving me the opportunity to work with the Lynx organization over the last two years."
Prior to joining the WNBA league offices, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Stanford University and Texas A&M University. She also coached at the University of Arizona. While at Stanford, she helped guide the team to back to back Final Fours in 1996 and 1997.
In 2005, Taylor co-founded The CHANCE Foundation, an organization whose mission is to Create Hope and Access for our Nation’s Children through Education. The CHANCE Foundation helps provide at-risk youth with the support, guidance, tools and resources needed to navigate the college application process. She is also involved in numerous community and philanthropic activities which include serving on the board of Ronnie Lott’s All-Stars Helping Kids Foundation. She also served on the board of the Stanford Athletic Department, YWCA of Minneapolis and Foundation IX.
A native of Mountain Home, Idaho, Taylor graduated from Stanford University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In addition, she was a member of the 1990-1992 National Basketball Championship Teams and was named co-captain of the 1992-1993 squad. Taylor received her MBA in 2002 from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
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