Katie Smith is New York Liberty’s new assistant coach

Katie Smith will take Taj McWilliams-Franklin’s place:

Her new occupation is being an assistant coach for Bill Laimbeer with the Liberty. Smith will join the staff as another former WNBA standout, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, moves on to other pursuits.

Smith finished a 15-year stay in the WNBA with career averages of 13.4 points and 2.9 rebounds, and she was also one of the league’s best and most versatile defenders. Smith has long been like a coach on the floor, having played until age 39. And she has worked in an administrative grad-assistant capacity for her alma mater, Ohio State.

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Montana coach Robin Selvig crossed the 800-win mark last night.

Kentucky’s Samantha Drake is out for the season with a torn ACL.