WNBA coaching couple in unique situation

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The WNBA is set to begin play for their 2020 season soon. But for one husband and wife, they are in a unique situation, according to the Associated Press.

Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello is living a part from her husband Olaf Lange, who is in his first-year as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky. The two teams are staying at two different locations in Florida. 

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The league gave them an opportunity to stay together with their son and daughter. However, the couple elected not to stay together. 

“We decided we’re with two different teams and there’s a little bit of professional integrity there,” Brondello said. “Olaf’s a first-year assistant with the Sky and we thought it wold be better for him to be surrounded by his staff and for me to be surrounded by my staff.”

The couple have previously coached together in the league, as well as overseas. However, this is the first-time that they’re coaching separate teams in the WNBA. 

“This is our jobs, this is what we do, it’s great that we got to work together,” Brondello said.

The Mercury head coach and their daughter Jayda are staying inside a hotel. Lange and their son are staying at a villa. 

“It’s like a dorm in college. Four males here,” Lange said. “We have frequent gatherings at the kitchen table and we talk. He enjoys as a teenager now having this male energy around him.”

The WNBA starts their 2020 season this week. Despite being apart, they have been able to spend some time together before the new season starts. 

“I had both of them living with me during quarantine, four days of that was enough,” she said laughing.

Brondello has been the Mercury head coach since the 2014. She has been coaching in the league since 2005. 

Besides coaching the Mercury, she is also the Australian national team head coach. 

Lange also coaches outside of the WNBA. He’s also the Australian Opals assistant coach while serving as the owner of a camp in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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