Phoenix Mercury fire head coach Corey Gaines, replace him with former Grand Canyon coach Russ Pennell
Corey Gaines, who was the team's head coach and general manager, was relieved of his duties Thursday. Former Grand Canyon University head coach Russ Pennell will take over on an interim basis.
"First and foremost, we thank Corey for his years of dedication to this franchise, its players and its fans," said Mercury president and now interim GM Amber Cox. "Corey helped bring two championships to our organization and for that we will be forever grateful. Unfortunately, our team's performance this season has not lived up to our expectations, and at this time, a change was necessary. Russ Pennell is a proven leader and winner, whose resume speaks to his ability to build a winning culture founded in discipline and fundamentals."
Much was expected of the Mercury heading into the season, with number one overall pick Brittney Griner joining a team that included stars Diana Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree, but the team has struggled with injuries and consistency on the way to a 10-11 record.
Gaines' time with the Mercury did have its high points, including a WNBA championship in 2009. The team had also led the league in scoring every year Gaines was in charge.
Gaines guided the Mercury to a 90-101 mark in his time as head coach.
- Russ Pennell/Phoenix Mercury Head Coach - Thursday September 19Discusses playoffs, Mercury's defense, and difference between men's college basketball and women's p
- Diana Taurasi, Phooenix Mecury guard - Wednesday September 18The Mercury get ready for their playoff series against the Sparks.
- Russ Pennell, Phoenix Mercury Interim head coach - Friday August 9Russ Pennell joins Doug and Chuck to talk about taking over the team.
- Amber Cox, President & COO of the Phoenix Mercury, Corey Gaines, Head Coach - Wednesday February 13Cox and Gaines come to the studio to talk about the promise of the Phoenix Mercury team.
- Amber Cox, Phoenix Mercury President and COO - Tuesday February 14Amber Cox joins Doug and Wolf to talk about the unique qualities of the WNBA, and what the Phoenix M