Two-Time WNBA Coach of the Year to Lead Team
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mike Thibault has been named the head coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics as announced by team president and managing partner Sheila C. Johnson. "Mike Thibault has an exemplary track record in building and coaching successful teams," said Johnson. "We are excited about him coming on board, and based on his experience and sustainable tenure in the WNBA, we are confident that he will establish a new era in Mystics basketball."
Thibault brings a wealth of experience to the Mystics. He has spent the last 10 years at the helm of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, leading the team to eight playoff appearances and two WNBA finals as the team's head coach. A two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), Thibault has recorded more wins (206) than any active coach in the WNBA and currently ranks second on the all-time wins list. During his tenure with the Sun, Thibault oversaw the development of Tina Charles, who was recently named the league's MVP.
"I am extremely excited to be asked to lead the Washington Mystics into a new era that I believe will be extremely successful on and off the court," said Thibault. "Ted Leonsis, Sheila Johnson, and all of their partners in Monumental Sports & Entertainment are making a commitment to me, the players and all of our fans and sponsors to re-dedicate the Mystics to being one of the WNBA's flagship organizations and I am ready to get started doing my part to make that happen."
Prior to joining the Sun in 2003, Thibault has spent numerous years in various roles with NBA teams. He was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. He also served as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks. He served as the director of scouting for the Chicago Bulls during a time when the organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley and John Paxson.
Thibault served as the general manager and head coach of the Omaha Racers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) where his team captured the league's title in 1988. During his tenure with the Racers, the team made nine consecutive playoff appearances, and Thibault was named the 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Omaha broadcasters. He also coached the Calgary 88's of the World Basketball League (WBL) where he received Coach of the Year honors in 1988.
Thibault has had an extensive collaboration with USA Basketball. He most recently served as an assistant coach to the women's National Team that won gold during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was on the coaching staff of the 2006 National Team that captured silver during the World Championships, was the head coach of the men's team that participated in the 1993 FIBA World Championship qualifying tournament and was also at the helm of the men's team that won the silver medal during the 1995 Pan American Games.
Source: Washington Mystics