The New York Liberty, one of the original WNBA franchises, have a new head coach. Walt Hopkins was formally announced as the eighth head coach in franchise history on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-month search.
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"We could not be more excited to welcome Walt Hopkins to the New York Liberty. Walt is not only a student of the game, he is a student of people," said General Manager Jonathan Kolb in a press release. "His elite ability to connect and build relationships will go a long way towards establishing sustainable winning habits within a culture to which people want to contribute. Walt's track record for successfully developing talent will be integral to maximize our players' abilities and putting them in the best possible situations to succeed."
"I couldn't possibly be more excited to join the Liberty organization," said Hopkins in the release. "Few teams can lay claim to a more storied history, or a more passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable fan base than this franchise. I am honored to have the opportunity to help this tremendously talented group build upon the solid foundation that the players have staff have worked so hard to establish here in New York."
Prior to his arrival with the Liberty, Hopkins has been an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx since 2017, where he helped compile an overall record of 63-39 with three consecutive trips to the WNBA Playoffs and a championship in 2017. He served as an academic coach at Cal from 2014-2016. From 2013-2014 he was an assistant at Utah Valley from 2013-2014. His time with the WNBA dates back to 2013 when he was the Director of Basketball Operations and Player Development for the Tulsa Shock.
The New York Liberty were founded in 1997 as one of the eight original franchises of the league. It arguably is one of the hottest franchises right now with a recent change in venue for the upcoming 2020 season; all home games will be played at the Barclays Center. The Liberty also hold the number one pick in the 2020 draft.