Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault has won the 2013 WNBA Coach of the Year award, according to the Washington Post. Thibault led Washington to their first playoff game in nine years on Thursday—a blowout road win over Atlanta. Thibault will be awarded the COY award on Saturday before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“Washington’s Mike Thibault has won the WNBA coach of the year, said a person familiar with the situation.
He will receive the award Saturday night in Washington before the Mystics face Atlanta in the second game of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.
Thibault edged Seattle’s Brian Agler and Chicago’s Pokey Chatman for the award the person said.
Thibault has won the award three times (2006 and 2008) now matching Van Chancellor for the most ever in league history. He also joined San Antonio coach Dan Hughes as the only coach to win the award with two different teams.”