Phoenix's Brondello named WNBA's top coach

08/22/2014 10:23 AM

08/22/2014 10:28 AM

New York, NY ( - Phoenix's Sandy Brondello was named the WNBA's top coach on Friday.

The Mercury finished the 2014 season with the league's best record at 29-5, setting a WNBA record for most wins a single campaign. Los Angeles won 28 games in both 2000 and 2001, and Seattle also reached the mark in 2010.

Brondello received 33 votes from a nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters to easily outdistance Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve, Washington's Mike Thibault and Atlanta's Michael Cooper for the honor. Reeve, the 2011 winner, and Thibault, a three-time recipient including last year, each picked up two votes, while 2000 winner Cooper earned one.

In her first season on the bench, Brondello led the Mercury to a 10-win improvement from last year. Phoenix also went 16-1 at home and posted the second-longest winning streak in WNBA history with a 16-game run.

Brondello, a guard with Detroit, Miami and Seattle from 1998-2003, became the second former WNBA player to win the Coach of the Year award. Minnesota's Suzie McConnell-Serio was the first in 2004.

The Australian native spent the past three years as an assistant with Los Angeles after a one-year stint as head coach at San Antonio, which followed a five-year run as an assistant with the Stars.

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