Tree Rollins Named Interim Head Coach
Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manager Linda Hargrove announced today that Head Coach Richie Adubato has resigned. Assistant Coach Tree Rollins will assume the position in the interim.
“Richie felt that it was in his best interest to leave our team,” said Hargrove. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors and look forward to our game tonight. We are confident in the leadership that Tree Rollins can provide along with the rest of our assistant coaches, Marynell Meadors and Crystal Robinson.”
Rollins enters his second season with the Mystics. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic. He was the head coach with the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Developmental League. Most recently, Rollins held the job of President and General Manager of the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
He spent 18 seasons in the NBA, playing with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons before ending his career with the Orlando Magic. During his career, he was considered a defensive force, accumulating 2,542 blocks, 6,249 points and 6,750 rebounds. Fifteen of his 18 seasons, his teams advanced to the playoffs. In the playoffs, he averaged 3.9 points per game, 8.9 blocks per game and 4.6 rebounds per game.
"We look forward to turning the season around with Tree's guidance," said Team President and Managing Partner, Sheila Johnson. "Richie has served the Washington Mystics organization well and has been a positive role model for the team. We thank him for all his hard work and his leadership."
Adubato joined the Washington Mystics in April of 2005 and led the team to the playoffs in 2006 with an 18-16 record. During his tenure with the team, Adubato posted a 33-39 record.
Washington will host the 2007 WNBA All-Star game on July 15th Verizon Center. Tickets are available at Ticket Master at (202) 397-SEAT. Season tickets and partial plans for the 2007 Mystics season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.