College - St. Martin's
Mike Thibault was named the head coach/general manager of the Washington Mystics on December 18, 2012. He currently has the most wins of any active coach with a 223 in the WNBA. He led the team back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.
Prior to joining the Mystics, Thibault was the head coach of the Connecticut Sun where he was twice named WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008) and led the team to eight playoff appearances and two WNBA Finals. He set numerous milestones during his time with the Sun, including becoming the second coach in WNBA history to reach 200 wins, the third-fastest coach in league history to reach 100 wins (doing so in 159 games) and the fourth WNBA head coach to work at least 300 regular season games.
From 2003 through 2008, Thibault and the Connecticut Sun won 127 regular season games, tying with the Detroit Shock for the most victories during that six-year span. The Sun were one of two teams to have six consecutive winning seasons. Connecticut posted consecutive 26-8 records in 2005 and 2006, which are still the best regular season results for an Eastern Conference team.
Thibault assisted in the blockbuster trade that sent Lindsay Whalen and the No. 2 pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft to Minnesota in exchange for second-year guard Renee Montgomery and the No. 1 pick in 2010, which the team used to select Tina Charles. Under Thibault’s tutelage, Charles was named the league’s MVP in 2012.
Prior to joining the Sun in 2003, Thibault had spent numerous years in various roles with NBA teams. He was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and also served as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks.
Thibault joined the coaching ranks in 1978 as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and was quickly promoted to director of scouting and assistant coach in 1980. During his tenure with the Lakers, the team won two NBA Championships. From 1982-1986, he served as the director of scouting for the Chicago Bulls when the organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley and John Paxson.
Thibault served as the general manager and head coach of the Omaha Racers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) where his team captured the league’s title in 1988. During his tenure with the Racers, the team made nine consecutive playoff appearances, and Thibault was named the 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Omaha broadcasters. He ranks sixth on the CBA all-time coaching victory list (236). Thibault also coached the Calgary 88’s of the World Basketball League (WBL) where he received Coach of the Year honors in 1988.
Thibault has had an extensive collaboration with USA Basketball. He most recently served as an assistant coach to the women’s National Team that won gold during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was on the coaching staff of the 2006 National Team that captured bronze during the World Championships, was the head coach of the men’s team that participated in the 1993 FIBA World Championship qualifying tournament and was also at the helm of the men’s team that won the silver medal during the 1995 Pan American Games.
Mike and his wife Nanci have been staunch supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since Mike’s days with the Omaha Racers. In 2007, the Thibaults were co-chairs of GREAT STRIDES, the primary fundraiser of the CF Foundation’s Connecticut Chapter. Mike and Nanci have two children. Eric is an assistant coach with the Mystics while Carly is an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University.