New H.C in New York
Can the W legend Katie Smith right the liberty ship?
When the WNBA offseason began it was clear to many that the former All-Star player would be a top contender for any head coach openings. Katie Smith started her coaching career as soon as she retired in 2013. In 2017 Smith was promoted to associate head coach (typically a move made to give room to grow but also to keep said coach around vs. leaving for another team). Only two teams had openings at the H.C. position at that time, Seattle and Atlanta. The Storm moved quickly to bring the vet coach Dan Hughes into the organization. This left the Dream with the only H.C. opening or so we thought...
Late last week news broke that the San Antonio Stars would be sold and moved to Las Vegas. Along with that news was the semi-shocking reveal that Liberty H.C. Bill Laimbeer would be leaving NYC for the new digs of Vegas.
With Laimbeer moving away from the Liberty it was almost too obvious that Smith would be taking over as the H.C. It is fair to say the writing was on the wall for Bill not making 1 WNBA finals and a playoff record of 27-36.
Katie takes over as the 7th H.C. since the Liberty were founded in 1997. Smith comes into this role with a legends resume as a player and reputation as a no-frills, always focused coach. With her sights set on a WNBA title, Smith will need to find a way to get the best out of a team that historically has underperformed.