From - Australia
Entering her second season on the Sparks’ coaching staff is Sandy Brondello, who boasts 12 total years of WNBA experience as a player and coach and has also competed internationally at the highest levels.
Brondello came to Los Angeles after serving as the San Antonio Silver Stars’ head coach in 2010, guiding them to a Western Conference Semifinal berth. Previously she served as an assistant in San Antonio for five years (2005-2009), helping the team earn its first Western Conference Championship and trip to the WNBA Finals in 2008.
A WNBA veteran, she played five seasons with the Seattle Storm (2003), Miami Sol (2001-02) and the Detroit Shock (1998-99), averaging 11.4 points and 2.3 assists in 155 career games. Brondello played in the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game in 1999, and ranks fourth in league history with her 41.0% career three-point percentage.
The native Australian played for the Australia National Team for 18 years and is a four-time Olympian. She is a two-time silver medalist (2000 and 2004) and took home a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She also represented Australia at the 1988 Olympics, while in 1992 Brondello was named the Australian International Player of the Year. She helped Australia bring home the bronze medal from both the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships and also competed at the 1994 and 1990 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Prior to playing in the WNBA, Brondello played in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) in Australia from 1986-96, earning league MVP acclaim in 1995. She also played in Germany for BTV Wuppertal from 1992-2002, helping the team win 10 German Cup Championships. In 1996, Brondello was named the European Cup MVP after leading Wuppertal to the European Cup title and earned three European Cup All-Star selections1994, 1996 and 1997.
Brondello earned a degree in teaching from the University of Western Sydney in 1990. She and her husband Olaf Lange – a veteran basketball coach who served alongside Brondello in San Antonio last season – have a four-year-old son, Brody Max Lange, and welcomed Jayda Grace Lange to their family on May 31, 2010.