Anne Donovan joins the Liberty

NEW YORK — Anne Donovan is back in the WNBA.

After leading the U.S. women to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Donovan has been hired as an assistant coach with the New York Liberty.

Donovan was 112-100 as a WNBA head coach with Charlotte and Seattle. She stepped down as the Storm’s coach and director of player personnel after the 2007 season. Donovan was 93-77 in five seasons with the Storm, leading them to the league championship in 2004.

“I am thrilled to have somebody of Anne’s caliber join our staff. She has shown success over the years as a player, as a coach,” Liberty president and general manager Carol Blazejowski said in a conference call Tuesday. “She is someone who can teach, someone who knows how to win, can motivate folks to play at their optimal level.”



Is head Coach Patty Coyle headed out the door after this season? It happened with Lin Dunn at Indiana, and she sucks. Donovan isn’t that bad.