Coyle led team to East finals

Updated: December 8, 2004, 2:16 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- New York Liberty interim coach Pat Coyle was given the job permanently Wednesday, five months after taking over the post and leading the team to the WNBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Coyle was given the job on an interim basis on July 3 when the Liberty fired Richie Adubato. Terms of her contract were not released.

Coyle, who had been an assistant coach for the Liberty since 1998, led the team to a 13-10 record last summer. New York upset the defending champion Detroit Shock in the first round of the playoffs.

"I am extremely proud to be named head coach of the franchise that I have called my home for the past six years," Coyle said. "I have very high expectations for myself and the team.

"I am committed to working with [assistant] Marianne [Stanley] and the players to ensure that our outstanding fans see a competitive team that plays with pride, passion and persistence each and every game."

Before joining the Liberty, she coached for 6½ years at Loyola of Maryland, where she posted a 100-77 record. She also served as an assistant at St. John's, Rutgers and Miami.

"We have great confidence in Patty's proven ability to lead our team and believe her passion, commitment and knowledge of the women's game will help us reach our ultimate goal -- the WNBA championship," Liberty general manager Carol Blazejowski said.

Coyle played at Rutgers from 1978 to 1982 and still ranks third on the school's games played list (129).

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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