Connecticut’s Mike Thibault Wins 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year Presented by AOL.com

NEW YORK, August 20, 2006 - Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault won the 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year award presented by AOL.com, the WNBA announced today. Thibault received 37 out of a possible 56 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Thibault coached the Sun to the WNBA's best overall record (26-8) as well as to the league's best road mark (12-5). Down the stretch, Thibault's squad logged an Eastern Conference and franchise record 12-game winning streak that also equaled the third best mark in league history.

The top team in the East for the third straight season, the Sun set franchise records for scoring average (78.9 per game), field-goals made and attempted (982 - 2217), free throw percentage (80.7), defensive rebounds (926), total rebounds (1,268), assists (630) and blocked shots (153).

In 2006, he also coached the Eastern Conference All-Star Team to its first victory in league history. With Thibault on the bench and Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas earning All-Star Game MVP honors, the East defeated the West 98-82.

Since joining the franchise in 2003, Thibault has guided the Sun to four consecutive playoff berths and back-to-back Eastern Conference Championships.

Below are the voting results for 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year Award presented by AOL.com as well as a list of past recipients.

2006 COACH OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY AOL.COM RESULTS

37 - Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun
17 - Joe Bryant, LA Sparks
1 - Brian Winters, Indiana Fever
1 - Van Chancellor, Houston Comets

COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2006 - Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun
2005 - John Whisenant, Sacramento Monarchs
2004 - Suzie McConnell Serio, Minnesota Lynx
2003 - Bill Laimbeer, Detroit Shock
2002 - Marianne Stanley, Washington Mystics
2001 - Dan Hughes, Cleveland Rockers
2000 - Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Sparks
1999 - Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
1998 - Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
1997 - Van Chancellor, Houston Comets

Featuring 14 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women's professional team sports league in U.S. history. The 2006 WNBA Playoffs tip off on August 17 and complete coverage will be provided by ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV through the conference finals. The 2006 WNBA Finals will be televised on ESPN2.

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