Byrd Added to Mystics Coaching Staff

Washington Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced the addition of Laurie Byrd as an assistant coach. Byrd’s appointment completes the Mystics coaching staff. Per company policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Laurie brings championship experience to our bench,” said Lacey. “She knows our league and has had tremendous success with the Detroit Shock and most recently, the New York Liberty. I value her knowledge of the game, work ethic and her ability to develop players.”

Byrd spent three seasons (2003-2005) as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock, helping the team win a WNBA championship during the 2003 season. She spent 2009 and 2010 with the New York Liberty as an assistant to Anne Donovan and was instrumental to the Liberty finishing the 2010 season with a 22-12 record and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. Byrd has also had coaching stints with the Houston Comets and the University of Detroit.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity with the Washington Mystics,” said Byrd. “I am overly excited and looking forward to working with a successful organization, staff and a talented ball club."

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Byrd played with the San Jose Laser and Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League as well as the Kentucky Marauders and the Chicago Spirits of the Women’s Basketball Association. In addition, Byrd spent seven years playing in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Byrd graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Education.