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Phoenix Mercury names Nate Tibbetts as head coach

The Mercury went outside the WNBA to find their new coach — longtime NBA assistant Nate Tibbetts. He most recently coached with the Orlando Magic.

According to ESPN, Tibbetts will be the highest-paid coach in the WNBA, eclipsing the million-dollar salary of Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon.

In a press release, Mercury and Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia hailed the hiring of Tibbetts as part of a “new standard for investment in women’s sports.”

The Mercury made a change mid-season, firing coach Vanessa Nygaard after a 2-and-10 start. Nikki Blue served as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Monica Navarro
Monica Navarro was an intern at KJZZ from August through December 2023.