ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the Liberties have hired Sandy Brondello as their new head coach. Brondello is the head coach of the Australian Women’s National Team and until recently managed the Phoenix Mercury,
New York Liberty are expected to hire Sandy Brondello as their new head coach, sources have told ESPN. Brondello is the head coach of the Australian national team and former coach of Phoenix Mercury.
– Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 31, 2021
Brondello was one of the three finalists, along with Spurs assistant Becky Hammon and Sparks assistant Latricia Trammell. Hammon is now the head coach of the Aces. Trammell, who led a top 3 defensive over three seasons with the Sparks, should be soon.
– Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 1, 2022
Others then tweeted the confirmation of Shelburne’s scoop.
Brondello will succeed Walt Hopkins who agreed to part ways with Liberty in December. Last season, he took Liberty to the WNBA playoffs for the first time in four years.
Three weeks ago, after leaving Phoenix, Brondello opened up about New York opening on a podcast.
“I would like to continue to coach in the WNBA. I love the challenge of putting together a team in the best league in the world with the best players in the world, ”he told ESPN’s Ball and the Real World podcast.
“The only team available is New York, it would be a great situation if they saw me as the next coach. We’ll see, otherwise I can focus on the Opals next year and see the next year if there are any vacancies. I like to challenge myself, so we’ll see.
A former WNBA star as a shooting guard, Brondello led the Mercury to the league championship in 2014. She has a career record of 164-128. Last season, the Mercury reached the WNBA Finals with her. Brondello made the WNBA playoffs in each of his nine years as a head coach.
In April 2017, Brondello was appointed head coach of the Australian women’s team known as the Opals. She will continue in this role.
Brondello, originally from Queensland on Australia’s Pacific coast, is the latest from the continent to find a job in Brooklyn. Adam Caporn, assistant coach of the men’s national team, is the head coach of the Long Island Nets. Daniel Jones is in charge of strength and conditioning for Brooklyn. Dan Meehan is the director of athletic science and Les Gelis is the director of athletic medicine for Brooklyn. And of course Patty Mills is just in charge.