You stay put: Carolyn Kieger’s contract extended through 2022-23 (Anyone else a little freaked out by the concept of 2023?).
Both of you – you both stay put! Frank Martin, Dawn Staley to receive new contracts
You get a new job: Nicole Powell named GCU Women’s Basketball coach. Longtime readers will recall Grand Canyon as a for-profit institution that tried to become a non-profit institution.
Letters to the Editor at Cincinnati.com: Letters: Invest more in women’s basketball, see what happens
David Cloninger at The State: Coates ready to bring Columbia to the WNBA
“You know, I think Dallas would love to get Alaina Coates,” analyst Rebecca Lobo said last week on a pre-draft conference call. “She would be an ideal fit for them, in terms of kind of having a rim-protector inside, an offensive player who can provide a lot.”
Cool: Columbia mayor names part of street after South Carolina coach Dawn Staley (Though, I’d never want that. Wouldn’t want folks to mutter, “Geez, the traffic on Wheelock is awful!)
Twitter says a player is transferring from Colorado. Why does twitter know before the program releases the information?
Waco-Tribune: Where Lady Bears are projected to go in WNBA mock drafts
You left? WNBA’s Dallas Wings CEO Mary O’Connor Resigns.
You COO:Cool jobs in sports: Jay Parry, WNBA COO
Parry has been the league’s COO since last spring, and she is no stranger to the basketball court. She spent seven seasons as Phoenix Mercury president, won titles in 2007 and 2009, then joined the Phoenix Suns as a senior vice president for two years before working as CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX host committee.
Although Parry spent the bulk of her past trying to grow women’s basketball at the local level with the Mercury, her mission is to expand the sport’s national profile from league headquarters in New York City. She works with all 12 team presidents and her staff to create strategies to further develop and better the WNBA as it heads into its 21st season.
Oooooo, Jay – we should talk. (And I’m cautiously optimistic, because the Merc have been one of the best teams at engaging their with their fan base.)
Excelle: Why do great female athletes always get compared to men? Our take on why these compliments are actually insidious. I got involved in this discussion in the twitter-sphere, if you have any interest.
Also from Excelle: How Cheryl Reeve transformed the Lynx with one smart draft pick and a distinctive formula (though I would have said picking Maya was a no-brainer.)
A cool WATN? Candace Futrell named Howard County Police Department Officer of the Year.