Coach Bio

Laurie Byrd
College - Eastern Michigan

Laurie Byrd was named the Liberty's assistant coach on January 5, 2010, having previously served as the interim assistant coach during the second half of the 2009 season. Her main responsibilities include assisting head coach Anne Donovan in player development, game preparation and scouting, in addition to planning practices and individual player workouts.

Prior to joining the New York bench, Byrd served as an assistant coach with the Houston Comets in 2008. In the 2007 season, she was the Comets' director of player personnel. In that position, Byrd assisted Comets head coach and general manager Karleen Thompson in evaluating WNBA personnel, international and developmental league players, as well as college draft prospects. In addition, she helped with team salary cap matters.

Byrd served as an assistant coach for three seasons (2003-2005) with the Detroit Shock, which included the 2003 WNBA Championship. While in Detroit, Byrd set up individual workouts for guards, prepared scouting reports, participated in on-court activities and analyzed and prepared videos.

She first entered the coaching ranks at the University of Detroit as an assistant for three seasons (1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02).

Byrd has an extensive playing background. She played in the American Basketball League and the Womenís Basketball Association. She played on the San Jose Lasers and the Atlanta Glory with the ABL and played on the Kentucky Marauders and the Chicago Spirits with the WBL. Byrd also spent time playing overseas. She played seven seasons in numerous basketball clubs in Sweden, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

The Flint, MI native has received many awards and honors during her career, including being inducted into the Eastern Michigan Hall of Fame in 1992 and the AAU Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2003, she was the Think Detroit Honorary Double Goal Coach of the Year.

Byrd earned her bachelorís degree in education from Eastern Michigan University.