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Coach Thibault Signs Multi-Year Extension

May 18, 2017
Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault has signed a four-year contract extension. Thibault was first named the team’s head coach and general manager on Dec. 18, 2012. 

“I am thankful for the faith that Ted Leonsis, Sheila Johnson and all of the ownership group has put in me and my staff to continue on the course we have set for the Mystics organization,” said Thibault.  “It is an exciting time to be a Mystics player, coach, staff member, or fan. It has been a total rebuilding process that is coming to fruition and I am looking forward to the many great years ahead with this excellent core group of players that we have been able to put together.”

During his tenure at the helm of the Mystics basketball operations, he has led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances (2013, 2014 and 2015). During the 2013 season, Thibault became the WNBA’s all-time winningest coach and received his third Coach of the Year recognition following the regular season.

“Mike is one of the best in the game, and we are thrilled that he will continue to lead this franchise,” said  Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner, and CEO of Monumental Sports and Entertainment Ted Leonsis.  “He is the winningest coach in WNBA history and has put together an impressive team that is both a fan favorite and built to succeed.  We look forward to his continued leadership.”

Thibault recently engineered one of the most impactful offseasons in league history when he acquired Olympian and WNBA MVP Elena Delle Done and signed All-Star and WNBA Champion Kristi Toliver prior to the 2017 season.

“We are excited about the work that Mike has done in working to establish the Mystics as one of the premier teams in the WNBA and are pleased to have him lead us for years to come.,” said Sheila C. Johnson, Monumental Sports & Entertainment vice chairman and Mystics managing partner. 

Prior to joining the Mystics, Thibault spent 10 years as the head coach of the Connecticut Sun, leading the team to eight playoff appearances and two WNBA finals. Prior to joining the Sun in 2003, Thibault spent numerous years in various roles with NBA teams.  He was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers where he helped the Lakers win two NBA championships. He served as both the director of scouting and assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls during a time when the organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley, and John Paxson. 

The Washington Mystics tipped off their 20 th  anniversary season with an 89-74 win against the San Antonio Stars. Single-game tickets for the season are currently on sale by calling 877-DCHOOP-1, by visiting  and at all local Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office. Full season tickets start at just $11 per game.


May 25, 2017