Talk about landing on your feet. In 10 months, Washington Mystics' Mike Thibault went from being fired to winning the WNBA's 2013 Coach of the Year, the league officially announced Saturday.
Thibault received 12 votes from a national panel of 39 media members. Seattle's Brian Agler and Chicago's Pokey Chatman each were one behind.
The WNBA's all-time leader in victories has won the award three times including 2006 and 2008 with Connecticut. The Sun let their longtime coach go in November after 10 seasons
On Thursday night, the Mystics won their first playoff game in nine years, routing No. 2 seed Atlanta on the road. This came after the third-seeded Mystics won 17 games in the regular season.
Thibault now matches Van Chancellor for the most ever in league history and joins San Antonio's Dan Hughes as the only coach to win the award with two different teams.