Fan-Faves 05: Coach of the Year

With the 2005 season winding down, WNBA.com wants to know what players you think really stood out this year. Over the course of the week, we'll roll out poll pages for: Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player, Coach of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. Here's your chance to vote for your favorites!


Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
Chancellor is no stranger to success, having won the first four titles in league history. However, the Comets missed the playoffs last year and were not expected to make it back in 2005. However, despite the absence of Tina Thompson for much of the season, Chancellor and the Comets are back in the postseason and ready to contend.
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Coach of the Year?
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Coach of the Year?
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Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun
In what may have been a mild surprise, Thibault led the Sun to within a shot of the Finals last season. But underdogs no more, the Sun dominated the WNBA in 2005, putting together winning streaks on the home and the road. Thibault will not be happy, however, until his team, the favorites in 2005, wins the championship.

John Whisenant, Sacramento Monarchs
After a health scare in last year's playoffs, Coach Whiz led the Monarchs to their first ever regular season Western Conference title. The Monarchs are the best defensive team in the WNBA, yet have been able to put together their winning season with many new faces in the lineup and key inuries to star players.

Brian Winters, Indiana Fever
After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, the Indiana Fever are back thanks to a splendid coaching job by Winters. The Fever play great team defense and have already broken the franchise record for wins in a season. He upgraded his backcourt, playing Tully Bevilaqua and Tan White and continues to revolve the team around superstar Tamika Catchings.

(All statistics through games played on August 22.)

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