Marianne Stanley Returns To Mystics Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault announced today that assistant coach Marianne Stanley will join his coaching staff for the upcoming WNBA season.

“I am very excited that Marianne has agreed to return to the Mystics staff,” said Thibault. “I see this as a major step in our future progress. I have always had a high regard for her teaching abilities and her great feel for the game. Our players were very high on her past contributions and are very enthusiastic about her return. She will have a lot of input in everything we do.”

One of the most decorated athletes in the women’s game, Stanley was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. She will assist in all phases of coaching the team and will have a major role in the structuring of practice, opponent preparation, evaluation of college players for the draft, and individual player development. In particular, she will use her experience teaching some of the most legendary centers in the game (including Anne Donovan, Lisa Leslie and Ann Wauters) to oversee the development of the Mystics’ post players.

“I am eager to work with Mike and our players this season,” said Stanley. “His record of success in the WNBA speaks for itself and I look forward to working with him to build the foundation of a perennial playoff team that can compete for a championship.”

Stanley has brought a wealth of experience to the Mystics bench over her last three seasons as an assistant.

She has over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level with stops at Old Dominion, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley and University of Southern California. During her tenure at ODU, she led her teams to four National Championships. In 2007, she assisted C. Vivian Stringer during Rutgers University’s run to the championship game.

In addition to her collegiate credentials, Stanley is also very experienced at the professional level. She was at the coaching helm of the Mystics for two seasons (2002-2003) and has also been an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty. Stanley has coached on the international stage and has served as an assistant for numerous USA basketball teams. Most recently, she helped coach the Russian Cup Champions UMMC Yekaterinburg which featured WNBA players Cappie Pondexter, Deanna Nolan, Sandrine Gruda, Asjha Jones and Candace Parker.

Stanley has earned numerous accolades throughout her career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1993, the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985, and was an All-American selection as a player in 1975 and 1976 at Immaculata College. In 2002, she was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year as the head coach of the Mystics.

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