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Phoenix Mercury and coach Brondello agree to extension

September 2, 2016: Phoenix Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello shows emotion during the game as the Connecticut Sun host the Phoenix Mercury at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Connecticut Sun defeat the Phoenix Mercury 87-74. (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire)
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Sandy Brondello has won 77 games and a championship during her three seasons as head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, and the team ensured this week that she isn’t going anywhere.

The Mercury announced Thursday that Brondello and the organization have agreed to a new multi-year contract. The value and length of the deal was not disclosed.

“I’m very excited to continue to be the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury,” Brondello said. “I appreciate the organization believing in me as a coach and the vision I have for this team moving forward.”

The 48-year-old coach began her playing career in 1992 and joined the WNBA in its second season. She was a fourth-round pick in the 1998 WNBA draft and played for the Detroit Shock, Miami Sol and Seattle Storm until she retired in 2004. Brondello also won two silver and bronze medals for the Australian Olympic team in 1998, 2000 and 2004. The 2000 Olympics were played in her home country of Australia.

Brondello began her coaching career in 2005 as an assistant for the San Antonio Silver Stars. She was head coach of the Silver Stars for one season in 2010, but she left once general manager Dan Hughes regained the title of head coach in January of 2011.

After three seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, she took the head coaching position with the Mercury in 2014.

In three seasons with Phoenix, Brondello is 65-37 during the regular season. She led the Mercury to a 29-5 record in the 2014 regular season and to their third championship in franchise history.

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