UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 2, 2016) – The Connecticut Sun announced today that Curt Miller will assume the role of general manager and head coach.
“I said from the beginning, I’m going to make mistakes as a young head coach,” said Miller, who was introduced as the head coach of the Connecticut Sun in December. “I’m also going to make some mistakes as a new GM but we’re going to grow together.”
In August, Chris Sienko announced he would be stepping away from his position as Vice President, General Manager, COO and Alternate Governor of the Connecticut Sun at the end of September. He expressed confidence that Miller would thrive in his new position.
“Curt is the right person for this job,” Sienko said. “His basketball knowledge is off-the-charts and his ability to adapt, make quick and critical decisions and bring a team together is second-to-none. I feel very comfortable handing off the reins to Curt. I know he respects the position and understands the responsibilities that come with it. He is clearly ready to go and our athletes support this appointment as well.”
Team President Mitchell Etess explained that maintaining was crucial to the future of the franchise.
“This was really important for two reasons,” said Etess, noting the team was also executing the third year of Miller’s contract. “One, it showed our confidence in Curt and his coaching staff for the job they’ve done this year. And two, it sends a message to our players, and to the entire basketball community, that there is no change in the direction of the franchise.”
Here is Miller speaking about the new role before the Sun’s game Friday night against the Mercury.
Curt Miller On Taking Over GM Role