Sandy Brondello

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Sandy Brondello
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Brondello in 2019
New York Liberty
Position Head Coach
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1968-08-20) 20 August 1968 (age 53)
Mackay, Queensland
NationalityAustralian
Listed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Listed weight136 lb (62 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft 1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Playing career1992–2004
Position Shooting guard
Number6
Coaching career2005–present
Career history
As player:
19981999 Detroit Shock
20012002 Miami Sol
2003 Seattle Storm
As coach:
20052009 San Antonio Silver Stars (assistant)
2010 San Antonio Silver Stars
20112013 Los Angeles Sparks (assistant)
20142021 Phoenix Mercury
2022–present New York Liberty
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Stats at WNBA.com

Sandra Anne "Sandy" Brondello (born 20 August 1968) is an Australian women's basketball coach, and the current head coach of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Brondello played in Australia, Germany and the WNBA before retiring to become a coach. The 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Brondello is one of Australia's all-time best shooting guards. She played on Australia's "Opals" national team at four Summer Olympics, and won three medals (one bronze, two silvers). She attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1986–1987, [1] and was inducted to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. [2]

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Playing career

Brondello grew up in Mackay, Queensland, where her parents had a sugar cane farm. At the age of 9, she started to play basketball in a grass court her father built in the backyard [3] [4] Brondello's career began in Australia's Women's National Basketball League, where she was named the Australian Basketball Player of the Year in 1992. Brondello played for 10 seasons in the WNBL, reaching the playoffs on three occasions and being named Most Valuable Player in 1995 as a member of the Brisbane Blazers. She also played between 1992 and 2002 in Germany for BTV Wuppertal, winning ten national championships and the 1995–96 FIBA Women's European Champions Cup. [2]

Brondello started her WNBA career in 1998 by being selected in the fourth round (34th overall) by the newly formed Detroit Shock, becoming an All-Star in the first WNBA All-Star Game in 1999. She was selected by the Indiana Fever in late 1999's expansion draft, but never played a game for them, being traded to the Miami Sol along with a first-round pick for Stephanie McCarty. After sitting out of the 2002 season due to a foot injury playing for Wuppertal during the WNBA offseason, [5] Brondello signed as a free agent with the Seattle Storm in 2003, joining fellow Australians Lauren Jackson and Tully Bevilaqua. Brondello was one of the top three-point shooters in league history, her .410 percentage ranking fourth all-time. [6]

On the Australian National Team, Brondello joined the team before the age of 18 and remained on the Opals for 17 years, [4] and her 302 games made Brondello the third most capped Australian player, behind Robyn Maher and Karen Dalton. Brondello's tournaments with Australia include four World Championships, with two bronze medals, and four Olympic tournaments, with two silver medals and a bronze. [2] Twice she sat out of the WNBA due to Olympic commitments, in 2000 and 2004. [3] [7] The 2004 tournament in Athens turned out to be Brondello's last major event, with her afterwards investing in a coaching career. [4]

Coaching career

In 2005, Brondello was named an assistant coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars. She was promoted to head coach in February 2010. [8]

In 2009 Brondello was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. [9]

Brondello and her husband, associate head coach Olaf Lange, were fired by the Silver Stars in September 2010. Brondello finished her only season as head coach with a 14–20 record, third best in the Western Conference. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Phoenix two games to none. General manager Dan Hughes regained the title of head coach in January 2011, returning to the dual role he held before promoting Brondello. [10] [11] Brondello would become an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks for the 2011 season.

In November 2013, Brondello was hired by the Phoenix Mercury to replace interim coach Russ Pennell. [12] In her inaugural season, Brondello led the Mercury – which featured a former Opals teammate, Penny Taylor – to the league's top record and highest single-season win total in WNBA history, with 29 wins and 5 losses, earning her a Coach of the Year Award. [13] The Mercury eventually won the 2014 WNBA Finals by sweeping the Chicago Sky. [14]

In April 2017, Brondello was appointed head coach of the Australian women's basketball team, the Opals. She will combine this role with her WNBA coaching duties. [15]

On December 6, 2021, the Phoenix Mercury announced that the team and head coach Sandy Brondello had mutually agreed to part ways and that her contract, which expired after the 2021 season, would not be renewed. [16]

On January 7, 2022, Brondello was officially named the head coach of New York Liberty. [17]

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
SAS 2010 341420.4123rd in West202.000Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
PHO 2014 34295.8531st in West871.875Won WNBA Finals
PHO 2015 342014.5882nd in West422.500Lost in Western Conference Finals
PHO 2016 341618.4574th in West523.400Lost in WNBA Semi-Finals
PHO 2017 341816.5294th in West523.400Lost in WNBA Semi-Finals
PHO 2018 342014.5882nd in West743.571Lost in WNBA Semi-Finals
PHO 2019 341519.4415th in West101.000Lost in 1st Round
PHO 2020 22139.5915th in West211.500Lost in 2nd Round
PHO 2021 321913.5944th in West1165.545Lost in WNBA Finals
Career292164128.562452421.533

Personal life

Brondello is married to Olaf Lange, who is also a basketball coach and an assistant for the Liberty. [18]

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