Head Coach Bo Overton Completes Coaching Staff

The Chicago Sky have announced that Roger Reding has joined the team as assistant coach and director of player personnel, and that Steven Key will remain on staff as assistant coach. With the previously-announced addition of Stephanie White, Sky Head Coach Bo Overton has completed building his coaching staff for the 2007 season.

A proven winner with over 22 years of coaching experience, Reding comes to the Sky from Texas Tech University where he has been the assistant women’s basketball coach for 16 years. Reding’s Lady Raiders teams have won one NCAA National Championship, made four Elite Eight appearances, 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Responsible for developing Texas Tech’s excellent perimeter game, Reding has coached numerous standout perimeter players, including legendary WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes.

“We have worked hard to put together this incredibly talented staff,” said Overton. “Roger brings his vast experience teaching and on-the-floor coaching, and a keen eye for players that will help us build a winning team. Stephanie brings her years as a player in the WNBA and her success as a young assistant coach, which will help us turn this group of players into a high-functioning team. And Steve brings his experience with the Sky last season, which will help us transition to the team we are building.”

Reding, one of very few coaches to have coached at all of his alma maters, began his coaching career at South Plains College (Texas) as an assistant women’s basketball coach. After one year, he moved on to become the boys’ and girls’ head basketball coach at Witharral High School (Texas), where he led his teams to three district titles. After two years, he returned to South Plains College, where his team finished fifth in the nation in 1990.

Reding holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Texas Tech University.

“I am really impressed with management’s commitment to make the Sky a first class WNBA team and do it the right way,” said Reding. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Coach Overton and Stephanie and Steve, and to help put together a team that Chicago will be proud of.”

Assistant Coach Steven Key is the only remaining coach from the 2006 season. With more than 10 years of experience as a professional basketball player and three years of coaching experience both in the United States and abroad, Key was instrumental in building the team in the Sky’s inaugural season.