Mike Thibault Becomes WNBA's All-Time Winningest Coach
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the Washington Mystics’ 62-59 win over the Seattle Storm, head coach Mike Thibault became the WNBA’s all-time winningest coach with 212 victories surpassing former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor.
“I’m glad this game is done. Everybody else has been talking about it. I guess it’s one of those things that you’ll think more about when your career ends or at the end of the season but right now we’re trying to make some history here,” said Thibault. “The other part of it is that I’m kind of in awe that I passed Van Chancellor who won four championships in this league and was a cornerstone with the start of this league. I have a great relationship with him and I thought a lot about him at the end of the night because of what he accomplished in this league.”
Thibault joined the WNBA in 2003 as the coach of the Connecticut Sun where his team made eight playoff and two WNBA finals appearances. A two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), Thibault has coached some of the league’s most prolific athletes in the last decade. They include Seimone Augustus, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Tina Thompson, and Lindsay Whalen.
“First of all, I want to say how proud we are to have Mike Thibault as our coach,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Vice Chairman Sheila C. Johnson. “To have achieved this feat is a tribute to him as a teacher and a leader.”
Prior to joining the Sun in 2003, Thibault has spent numerous years in various roles with NBA teams. He was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. He also served as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks. He served as the director of scouting for the Chicago Bulls during a time when the organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley and John Paxson.
Thibault also has extensive experience in both minor league basketball and with USA Basketball.
The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.