College - RMIT, Australia '91
On Tuesday April 13, 2004 the Phoenix Mercury announced Carrie Graf as their head coach. Graf has spent four seasons as an assistant with the Mercury (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003) as well as an assistant with the Seattle Storm during the 2002 season.
In the 2002 WNBA off-season, she completed her third season as the head coach of the Canberra Capitals of Australia’s WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League). Graf led Canberra to the 2000, 2001 and 2002 WNBL Championship Game, winning the title in 2000 and 2002.
Graf stepped away from the WNBA in 2000 due to her commitment to the Australian National Team. While away from the WNBA for a season, Graf was preparing the “Opals” for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in which Australia would eventually win the silver medal. She has been an assistant coach with the Opals for six years, including 1996 when the team won the bronze medal at the Atlanta Games.
As a member of the Mercury’s coaching staff, Graf assisted Cheryl Miller and led the franchise to the 1998 WNBA Championships. She also served under four-time WNBA Championship MVP Cynthia Cooper in 2001.
Graf, an Australian native, received the High Performance Coach Award in 1996 and the Young Coach of the Year Award in 1996, both form the Australian Coaching Council. She was also named the Young Coach of the Year in 1993.
From 1993-96 Graf was the head coach of the WNBL’s Sydney Flames, and she was an assistant coach for the Melbourne Tigers of the WNBL in 1992. In seven seasons as a head coach in the WNBL Graf collected a record of 119 wins and 29 losses. She coached in five championships, winning three (1993, 2000, 2002) and made the playoffs every year.
Graf not only brings her rich coaching experience to the Mercury, but she also brings a wealth of playing experience. She played professionally from 1983-90, starting with the Nunawading Spectres of the WNBL (1983-89) where she played alongside former Mercury point guard Michele Timms. She earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Australian Club Championships in 1983, and in 1984, and made the under-18 All-Australian Squad in 1984.
Graf has a degree in physical education from RMIT in Melbourne. She also completed her diploma of coaching from the Australian Coaching Council in 1991.The Aussie splits her time in Australia between Sydney and Canberra but will soon be relocating to Phoenix. “Graffie” enjoys listening to music and has a passion for fine food and cooking