McConnell Serio resigns from last-place Lynx

Updated: July 23, 2006, 11:04 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Suzie McConnell Serio resigned Sunday as coach of the Minnesota Lynx, the last-place team in the WNBA's Western Conference.

FOND FAREWELL
I am sorry to see Suzie McConnell Serio leave the league. I have always admired what she has done for women's basketball, both as a player and coach.

She has always been honest and a class act, and that includes the way she stepped down Sunday. She was a complete professional with no signs of bitterness when she announced her resignation after 3 years with the Lynx.

McConnell Serio was no doubt feeling pressure to step down. Although she should be remembered as the coach who took Minnesota to its first playoff appearance, fans and the front office likely expected more this season after the Lynx added two of the top seven picks in April's draft, including No. 1 overall selection Seimone Augustus.

Is it a good move? Only if the Lynx can win, and that's something only time will tell. In the meantime, hats off to McConnell Serio. Not many people can jump from coaching high school basketball straight to the pro level. But she did and deserves a lot of credit for all she has accomplished.
-- ESPN's Nancy Lieberman

McConnell Serio, the league's coach of the year in 2004, guided the Lynx to a 58-67 regular-season record and two playoffs appearances in three-plus seasons.

Assistant coach Susan Yow, who was brought in at the beginning of the season, also resigned Sunday.

Another assistant, Carolyn Jenkins, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. She replaces McConnell Serio, the winningest coach in Lynx history.

Minnesota is 8-15 this season after an 86-59 loss to Sacramento on Saturday night.

"I am just thankful to the Minnesota Lynx organization and to [team owner] Glen Taylor for giving me the opportunity to coach in the WNBA," McConnell Serio said in a statement issued by the team.

"It was a tough decision to step down but I just felt like it was the right time to walk away and allow the team to make a run towards the playoffs."

The former point guard played three seasons in the WNBA with the Cleveland Rockers. As a rookie in 1998, she was the league's newcomer of the year and was chosen to the All-WNBA first team.

Before joining the Lynx, McConnell Serio served as head coach of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh for 13 years. She posted an all-time record of 321-86, including a 120-10 mark (92.3 winning percentage) the last four seasons of her tenure.


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