Mercury go to Gaines
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Phoenix Mercury named Corey Gaines as their new head coach on Wednesday.
The team's top assistant for the past two seasons, Gaines replaces Paul Westhead. After leading the Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA title earlier this month, Westhead left the franchise to take an assistant coaching job with the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA.
"We are of the opinion that stability wins championships," said Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. "Our players and staff trust his knowledge of the game and our personnel, and have every confidence in his abilities to reach the high bar we set this past season."
Gaines played his college ball at Loyola Marymount, under Westhead and alongside Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, and played for five different teams in his five-year NBA career, before starting an international basketball career that spanned 12 years.
Gaines joined Westhead with the Long Beach Jam of the ABA in 2003, before moving with his coach and mentor to Phoenix.
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