Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan has announced former Chicago Sky head coach Steven Key will join her staff as an assistant in 2014.
“Steven will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” Donovan said. “His vast coaching experience both in the WNBA and abroad will be a great asset to our team. His successful and extensive playing career will also aide in the continued development of our players.”
Key will join assistant Jen Gillom on Donovan’s staff. Catherine Proto, a Sun assistant coach in 2013, will now oversee all video editing and scouting duties while also working with players during practice.
“I am truly thankful that someone with Coach Donovan’s experience and respect in the coaching world has asked me to join her staff,” Key said. “After speaking with her, I knew right away she is someone who knows what she wants and how to achieve it. I look forward to helping her and the rest of the staff in having a successful season.”
A former point guard for Boston University, where he was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in 1990, Key was the head coach of the Sky from 2008-2010. Chicago was 42-60 in that span, and Key’s 2009 team won what was then a franchise record 16 games.
Key played for the San Jose Jammers in the CBA from 1990-91, and then enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career overseas, competing in Austria, Germany, Australia and France. Key also coached overseas, and had just completed his tenure as the head coach at Ludwigsburg when he was contacted by Donovan.
“I feel honored to join a proud and respected WNBA franchise such as the Connecticut Sun,” Key said. “The front office and management are a big reason for the team’s continual success. Connecticut fans make playing on the road for other teams extremely hard, because they are very understanding, dedicated and appreciative of the game. They know how to give the team an extra push when needed. I know we will have a very successful summer with their unwavering support.”