- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Marianne Stanley resigned as coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics yesterday.

Stanley was 26-40 in two seasons, 9-25 last year. She led the Mystics to the only winning record in the franchise’s six-year history in 2002, making the playoffs before losing to New York in the Eastern Conference final.

Stanley’s departure means that every Washington pro sports team — the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, D.C. United and Mystics — has changed coaches within the last seven months. Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, hired in June, is the city’s longest tenured pro coach.

The Mystics offered no explanation for Stanley’s resignation, other than a statement from team president Susan O’Malley that Stanley will be pursuing “other endeavors.” Stanley and her agent did not return calls seeking comment.

“There is no doubt that Marianne is one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in the history of women’s basketball,” O’Malley said in her statement. “We wish her the best as she pursues other endeavors.”

O’Malley added, “As we move forward and evaluate potential coaching talent, our goal is to bring together the components to take the Mystics to the next level.”

Assistant coach Linda Hill-MacDonald also resigned.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who became a Mystics consultant when Stanley was hired two years ago, will remain associated with the team and will help oversee the search for the team’s seventh coach in seven seasons. The Mystics play their WNBA opener May22.


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