Kristi Toliver makes history by joining Wizards coaching staff

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 17, 2018 - 6:31 am
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The Wizards announced the changes to the coaching staff for the 2018-19 season Tuesday, and the list contained one notable addition: Mystics guard Kristi Toliver, who will serve as an assistant coach for player development.

Toliver becomes the fourth woman in history to hold an NBA coaching position, the first in Wizards in franchise history. In addition, she is the first active WNBA player in history to serve on an NBA staff.

"This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Toliver said, per WashingtonWizards.com. "When it came about, I wanted to be involved in any capacity that I could."

"To me, you get everything that you earn, everything that you work for. I want young ladies to know - dream big, anything is possible as long as you put in the work and have a passion for what you do."

Toliver is a 10-year WNBA veteran who helped the Mystics reach their first WNBA Finals this season. She served as an assistant coach with the Wizards at NBA Summer League, and also worked as a coaching intern for Washington during the preseason.

"She's done a great job," head coach Scott Brooks said. "Like I said, she's very talented. I'm excited about having her and continuing to get to know her and her strengths. We all want to be better every day, and she has that mentality, as I have that mentality. I don’t know everything. She doesn't know everything. But we can learn some things together."

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