The New York Liberty announced the addition of longtime WNBA assistant coach, Shelley Patterson, to their staff for the upcoming season.
Patterson follows the steps of former Minnesota Lynx colleague Walt Hopkins, who was named Liberty head coach last month. The pair worked together as Lynx assistants for the past three seasons. The move to New York seems to be a hot trend; the franchise has, arguably, developed the most potential of any in the WNBA.
Official: New York Liberty hire Shelley Patterson as Assistant Coach https://t.co/92dGO0dZre
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"I am overjoyed to welcome Shelley to New York as part of the Liberty coaching staff," said Hopkins per release. "The value of her steady demeanor, her ability to create and maintain genuine relationships and her nearly unparalleled experience and knowledge cannot possibly be overstated."
Patterson's résumé includes over 30 years of coaching experience. She spent the last 10 seasons with the Lynx where she won four championships with during their iconic run from 2011-17. Prior to Minnesota, Patterson was as an assistant with the Seattle Storm for four seasons and coached with the Phoenix Mercury, Indiana Fever and Houston Comets.
"After working alongside her for three seasons, I can say with absolute certainty that we are not only getting a fantastic coach, but also an exceptional human being who exemplifies many of the qualities that are necessary to build a sustainable, championship-level culture. We are extremely fortunate to have her with us," said Hopkins.
"I could not be more thrilled to join the New York Liberty organization," said Patterson per release. "I look forward to working alongside Walt Hopkins and a Liberty team that has great potential and a promising future."