Comets Announce Karleen Thompson As Head Coach, General Manager

HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2007 - The Houston Comets today announced the hiring of Karleen Thompson as the team's head coach and general manager. Thompson was an assistant coach to the Comets under Van Chancellor since 2005.

"Every assistant coach aspires to be a Head Coach," said Thompson. "I am truly excited to have this opportunity to lead the Houston Comets in a very successful season. I am following behind a legend and I want to follow in his footsteps. In the time I have worked with the Comets, I have been like a sponge learning everything there is to learn. I am ready."

Before Thompson joined the Comets in 2005 she was with the Los Angeles Sparks organization for eight years. She served as an assistant coach and was later promoted again to interim co-head coach. Thompson helped lead the Sparks in two championships (2001, 2002).

"We are ecstatic to have Karleen Thompson as our Head Coach and General Manager," said Owner, Hilton Koch. "She has played and served in all positions that the General Manager and Head Coach will be responsible for. She is loved by her players, colleagues, and fans. She embodies the Comets mission statement in all she does. Thompson has had success at every level she has been at, and her knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience will help build the Comets into a championship contender."

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