Phoenix Mercury Hire Vanessa Nygaard as Next Head Coach

The Phoenix Mercury have actually got themselves a brand-new head coach, with The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings reporting that previous Las Vegas Aces assistant Vanessa Nygaard will be worked with as the Mercury’s next head coach.

Nygaard changes Sandy Brondello, who was worked with as the New York Liberty’s head coach in early January after her agreement ended following the 2021 season.

On Monday, Jennings reports that the Mercury will formally call Nygaard their head coach.

Nygaard’s resume on the court is simply as substantial as it is on the sidelines, playing in 3 Final Fours for Stanford and in the WNBA for 5 seasons. The Scottsdale, AZ native started her training profession as an assistant at Long Beach State and Pepperdine prior to heading to the W in 2008, signing up with the San Antonio Stars training personnel and after that the Washington Mystics in 2009.

During that exact same 2009 season, Nygaard started training at Winward High School in Los Angeles, CA, prior to signing up with the group full-time as the head coach in 2012. At the helm, Nygaard led the ladies’s program to 3 state titles in 2013, 2017, and 2018.

Most just recently, Nygaard went back to the W as an assistant coach on Bill Laimbeer’s Las Vegas Aces personnel for the 2020-2021 season while likewise training the Team U.S.A. U16 group in 2017 and the U17 group in the 2018 FIBA World Cup.

Jennings reports that Nygaard’s next action is to complete the rest of her personnel next week.



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