Liberty hire Farris, McWilliams-Franklin, Weatherspoon, Whitmore to coaching staff

The New York Liberty have added four former players to the coaching staff, hiring Barbara Farris and Taj McWilliams-Franklin as assistants and Teresa Weatherspoon and Tamika Whitmore as associate coaches for training camp and various times during the season.

Farris and McWilliams-Franklin both won WNBA championships with the Detroit Shock under Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer before each subsequently came to New York. Farris was on the Shock's 2003 championship team and played for the Liberty in 2006-07. McWilliams-Franklin won a title with Detroit in 2008, and played in New York in 2010 before spending the last two seasons in Minnesota — winning another championship in 2011.

Weatherspoon was a four-time All-Star while playing for the Liberty during the league's first seven seasons and led New York to four WNBA Finals appearances (1997, '99, '00 and '02). Whitmore spent five seasons with the Liberty, appearing in the Finals three times.