The New York Liberty and coach Walt Hopkins parted ways Monday, less than two years after he was hired.
“We thank Walt for his spirit & commitment over the last two seasons, in which the team developed 3 WNBA All-Rookie Team members & Rookie of the Year,” the team tweeted.
Hopkins led the Liberty to the playoffs this season after going 2-20 his first year. New York improved to 12-20 this season before losing to Phoenix 83-82 in the opening round of the playoffs on a free throw in the last few seconds.
The 36-year-old Hopkins served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx before being hired by New York in January 2020.
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New York had the league's rookie of the year, Michaela Onyenwere, and a solid young core led by Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney and Natasha Howard.