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Proto Rounds out Sun Coaching Staff

April 2, 2013 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Connecticut Sun

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (April 2, 2013) - Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan announced today that Catherine Proto will join Jennifer Gillom as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Catherine for the last five years in both the WNBA and at Seton Hall," Donovan said. "Catherine has a great basketball mind. Her seven years of experience with the New York Liberty will be a tremendous asset to our staff."

Proto was an assistant on Donovan's staff at Seton Hall. Prior to that, she spent seven seasons as the manager of scouting and video operations for the New York Liberty. Proto assisted in the preparation of practice, team strategies and opponent scouting. An extension of the coaching staff, she also oversaw the development of the team's playbook, coordination of all live advanced scouting, travel and budget as well as the taping and breaking down of practice, games and opponent's film, film exchange, development of team and opponent tape breakdown and creation of individual player film.

"I am very excited to be joining the Connecticut Sun organization," Proto said. "I look forward to continuing the winning tradition in Connecticut and working alongside coach Anne Donovan again this season."

Proto interned in the Liberty's video operations department in 2000 and 2001 before joining the team fulltime in 2002. Prior to the Liberty, Proto was the director of basketball operations for the women's basketball program at the University of Rhode Island. She also worked as an intern at the Women's Sports Foundation in the awards and grants department.

A 2001 graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor's degree in sport management, Proto spent two seasons as a member of the women's basketball team that won back-to-back NEWMAC Championships (2001 and 2002) and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. She received a Master's degree in physical education from Springfield College in 2002.

The Connecticut Sun will open its 11th season at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 25th against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Season tickets and mini plans are also on sale now, and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499) or via e-mail at tickets@connecticutsun.com. Fans can also purchase season tickets and either a Big Game or Pick Six Mini Play by visiting http://www.wnba.com/sun/tickets.html.

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