Coach Bio

Steven Key
College - Boston University

Steven Key begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Connecticut Sun after completing a stint as the head coach of MHP Riesen, the men’s basketball team in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Key spent five seasons with the Chicago Sky, serving as the head coach and general manager for the last three years after two seasons as an assistant. He compiled a 42-60 mark with the Sky from 2008-2010, leading Chicago to what was then a franchise record 16 wins in 2009.

As an assistant, Key helped launch the Chicago franchise in 2006, joining the staff of head coach Dave Cowens after three years as the head coach of the Dusseldorf Magics, a Bundesliga men’s basketball team in Germany. In his final season, he led the Magics to a 19-11 record in the Second Division.

The 6-foot-4 Key was a point guard at Boston University from 1986-1990. Playing for Mike Jarvis, Key was the 1990 North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, averaging.14.5 points and 7.5 assists as a senior.

Key was the last player cut by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1990, and then played professionally for the San Jose Jammers of the Continental Basketball Association before embarking on a 12-year career playing in Austria, Germany and France. Key was a three-time All Star in Germany, where he played against German native and future Dallas Mavericks’ star Dirk Nowitzki.

A native of Columbia, Maryland, Key was the Howard County Player of the Year as a senior at Atholton High School in 1986. One of five children in a tight-knit and athletic family, Key learned basketball from his sister Kimberlee, who went on to play at Saginaw Valley State with Los Angeles Sparks assistant coach Gail Goestenkors. Key’s sister Darlynda received a scholarship to run for the University of Michigan’s track team while his brother Josh played basketball at Northwood University. His father Sam played professionally overseas.

Key and his wife Janka have one daughter, Sidney Kiana, and one son, Noah Gabriel.


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