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Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon hired as new coach of WNBA's Chicago Sky
The Chicago Sky say they have hired Naismith Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon as their coach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sky announced they've hired Naismith Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon as the coach on Thursday, two days after her agent confirmed she agreed to take the job.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Chicago Sky Family,” Weatherspoon said in a statement. “To be the leader, as Head Coach, of an organization in a city with so much history and culture is a dream come true. The things that we are about to do as a team, a business and in the community will be rooted in excitement, excellence and hard work. I am thankful to the entire Chicago organization for going through this process and selecting me. I can’t wait to get to work!”
The Sky, who won the 2021 WNBA championship, were searching for a new coach since James Wade left in the middle of the season to take an assistant job with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Chicago announced at the end of the season, after it was eliminated from the playoffs by the Las Vegas Aces, that interim coach Emre Vatanseyer wouldn’t return.
The Sky will hire a general manager separately. Wade and then Vatanseyer worked as both coach and GM. But the team announced after the season it would separate the positions like every other team in the WNBA now has done.