Sandy Brondello Added to Coaching Staff
Brondello, a WNBA veteran, played five seasons in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm (2003), Miami Sol (2001-02) and the Detroit Shock (1998-99). During her five-year career she started in 146 of 155 games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. She ranks fourth all-time on the WNBA’s three-point shooting list connecting on 41.0 percent (114-278) of her shots from beyond the arc and ranks ninth all-time in free-throw shooting hitting 85.4 percent (316-370) of her free throw attempts. In 1999, she was selected to play in the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game.
“I’m very excited to have Sandy joining our coaching staff,” Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes said. “I believe she has a great future as a coach in women’s basketball. She brings the experience of being a player in the WNBA and all over the world. Sandy is a going to be a great resource for the Silver Stars.”
A native of Australia, Brondello played for the Australian National Team for 17 years and is a four-time Olympian. She is a two-time silver medalist (2000 and 2004 Olympics) and was a member of the 1988 and 1996 Australian Olympic Teams. In 1992, Brondello was named the Australian Basketball Player of the Year. She helped Australia bring home the bronze medal at the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships. Brondello also competed at the 1990 and 1994 World Championships and the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Prior to playing in the WNBA, Brondello played in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) in Australia from 1986-96 where she was named a WNBL All-Star in 1994 and 1995, and WNBL MVP in 1995. She also played in Germany for BTV Wuppertal from 1992-2002. She served as the team captain for Wuppertal from 1993-97 and helped the team win six German Cup Championships. In 1996, Brondello was named the European Cup MVP after leading Wuppertal to the 1996 European Cup title. In addition to her MVP honors, Brondello was named a European Cup All-Star in 1994, 1996 and 1997.