Mike Thibault BIO:
Mike Thibault was named the head coach/general manager of the
Washington Mystics on December 18, 2012. He currently has the most wins of any
active coach with a 206-134 (.605) record in the last 10 years. Prior to
joining the Mystics, Thibault was the head coach of the Connecticut Sun where
he was twice named WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008) and led the team to
eight playoff appearances and two WNBA Finals. He set numerous milestones
during his time with the Sun, including becoming the second coach in WNBA
history to reach 200 wins, the third-fastest coach in league history to reach
100 wins (doing so in 159 games) and the fourth WNBA head coach to work at
least 300 regular season games.
2003 through 2008, Thibault and the Connecticut Sun won 127 regular season
games, tying with the Detroit Shock for the most victories during that six-year
span. The Sun were one of two teams to have six consecutive winning seasons.
Connecticut posted consecutive 26-8 records in 2005 and 2006, which are still
the best regular season results for an Eastern Conference team.
assisted in the blockbuster trade that sent Lindsay Whalen and the No. 2 pick
in the 2010 WNBA Draft to Minnesota in exchange for second-year guard Renee
Montgomery and the No. 1 pick in 2010, which the team used to select Tina
Charles. Under Thibault’s tutelage, Charles was named the league’s MVP in 2012.
to joining the Sun in 2003, Thibault had spent numerous years in various roles
with NBA teams. He was an assistant
coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and also served as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks
and the New York Knicks.
joined the coaching ranks in 1978 as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and was
quickly promoted to director of scouting and assistant coach in 1980. During
his tenure with the Lakers, the team won two NBA Championships. From 1982-1986,
he served as the director of scouting for the Chicago Bulls when the
organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley and John Paxson.
served as the general manager and head coach of the Omaha Racers of the
Continental Basketball Association (CBA) where his team captured the league’s
title in 1988. During his tenure with
the Racers, the team made nine consecutive playoff appearances, and Thibault
was named the 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Omaha broadcasters. He ranks sixth
on the CBA all-time coaching victory list (236). Thibault also coached the
Calgary 88’s of the World Basketball League (WBL) where he received Coach of
the Year honors in 1988.
has had an extensive collaboration with USA Basketball. He most recently served
as an assistant coach to the women’s National Team that won gold during the
2008 Beijing Olympics. He was on the coaching staff of the 2006 National Team
that captured bronze during the World Championships, was the head coach of the
men’s team that participated in the 1993 FIBA World Championship qualifying
tournament and was also at the helm of the men’s team that won the silver medal
during the 1995 Pan American Games.
and his wife Nanci have been staunch supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation since Mike’s days with the Omaha Racers. In 2007, the Thibaults were
co-chairs of GREAT STRIDES, the primary fundraiser of the CF Foundation’s
Connecticut Chapter. Mike and Nanci have two children. Eric is an assistant
coach with Virginia Commonwealth University’s women’s basketball team while
Carly is attending Monmouth University on a basketball scholarship.