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Adubato to return after 16-18 season

9/12/2005 - Washington Mystics

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Mystics announced Monday coach
Richie Adubato will return for the 2006 season.

Adubato became the franchise's eighth coach in eight seasons
this year, getting the job one week before the start of training
camp and leading the team to a 16-18 record.

"He is a proven winner and a great teacher," general manager
Linda Hargrove said. "I look for our young players to continue to
develop under his leadership, and I feel that great things are in
store for our franchise."

Adubato previously spent 5½ seasons with the New York Liberty,
leading the team to three conference titles and a 100-79 record. He
was previously an NBA head coach with the Detroit Pistons
(1979-80), Dallas Mavericks (1989-93) and Orlando Magic (1996-97).

"I am happy to get another opportunity to coach the Mystics,"
Adubato said. "I think we laid the foundation for a new system and
with the talented players on our team, it is going to be great."