JULIE PLANK NAMED MYSTICS HEAD COACH

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manager Angela Taylor announced today that Julie Plank has been named the team’s Head Coach. Per company policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Plank brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Mystics. She spent the 2008 season with the Minnesota Lynx where she helped coach Olympian Seimone Augustus and the 2008 Sixth Player/Woman of the Year, Candice Wiggins. Prior to joining the Lynx, Plank spent eight years with the Indiana Fever as an assistant coach and the team’s director of scouting. There she helped lead the team to four playoff appearances including the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

"Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Washington Mystics organization. Her extensive resume includes coaching elite players at the highest levels of women's basketball during her 20 plus years as an assistant coach,” said Taylor. “Respected by her peers as being an excellent player developer, she is a phenomenal teacher of the game who brings an intensity, strong work ethic, and winning attitude to this organization. Julie's passion and commitment to excellence will be evident as we continue to lay the groundwork for building a championship organization."

Plank’s coaching career includes spending 10 years (1986-95) alongside Tara VanDerveer at Stanford University where she assisted the Cardinal to eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments (1988-1995), four Final Four appearances (1990-92, 1995) and two NCAA championships (1990, 1992). Plank also served as the lead assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 1997-99 and oversaw the school’s recruiting and scouting efforts. In 1998, she was ranked the fifth-best NCAA Division 1 assistant coach in the nation by Women’s Basketball Journal.

Plank began her coaching career in 1984 at Capital University in Ohio. She spent two years as an assistant coach, helping Capital to a 39-8 record (.809). Overall, she has helped three different NCAA women’s basketball programs to a 343-104 record (.767).

“Julie brings a winning resume and attitude to the Mystics family,” Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb stated. “Along with Angela Taylor, I’m confident we have the leadership in place to start moving our basketball team forward. I’m excited about the direction of our organization as well as our future on the basketball court.”

Plank served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1999 through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and helped lead the U.S. to gold medal victories in the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup and the 2000 Olympics.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Plank attended Ohio State University where she was a three-year starter at point guard and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 23-5 record and the University’s first Big Ten Conference women’s basketball title in 1983.

“I am extremely excited to be named the new Washington Mystics Head Coach,” said Plank. “I share in the commitment and enthusiasm of Sheila Johnson, Ted Leonsis, Greg Bibb and Angela Taylor and look forward to building a winning tradition with this first class organization.”