The New York Liberty has renamed three-time WNBA champion and WNBA coach of the year recipient Bill Laimbeer as the team’s head coach. Previously, Laimbeer held the position of head coach and general manager for the Liberty during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
“Our goal is to ensure that the Liberty return to their position as one of the most consistently competitive and successful teams in the WNBA,” said Kristin Bernert, Senior Vice President, Business Operations, New York Liberty. “We spent a great deal of time on how to move forward to ensure both immediate and long term success, and kept coming back to Bill. He’s had tremendous success in the WNBA, and we are confident that he is the right coach to help deliver a winning franchise for our fans.”
In his two seasons with the Liberty, Laimbeer compiled a 26-42 overall record, while strengthening the team’s roster, most notably with the acquisition of three-time All-Star center Tina Charles. Previously, Laimbeer spent eight seasons (2002-2009) with the Detroit Shock (now Tulsa Shock) as head coach and general manager, earning WNBA Coach of the Year honors in his first full season as head coach (2003). Laimbeer led the Shock to a 137-93 (.596) overall record, including six-straight playoff appearances and three WNBA Championship, in 2003, 2006 and 2008, respectively.
“I am proud to be leading the New York Liberty behind the bench, and believe that great things are ahead of us,” said Laimbeer. “I came to New York talking about building a championship culture – and remain committed to that goal as head coach. I am thrilled to get started on the upcoming season.”
A 14-year NBA veteran (1980-94), Laimbeer was a four-time All-Star center for the Detroit Pistons. He totaled 13,790 points and 10,400 rebounds in his career, becoming the 19th player in NBA history to eclipse 10,000 in both categories. Laimbeer had his No. 40 retired by the franchise in 1995.
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