UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jennifer Rizzotti, who was the point guard on UConn’s first national championship team before playing professionally and then becoming a college basketball coach, has been named president of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
Rizzotti, who was part of two WNBA championships with the Houston Comets, will be responsible for the overall business operations and marketing strategies for the team, the Sun announced Tuesday.
“This league employs the very best women’s basketball players in the world. But more importantly, the WNBA is an inclusive and diverse community of women that inspire, lead and in their own words, ‘provide a voice for the voiceless,’” Rizzotti said in a statement. “I am proud to have won two championships as a player in the WNBA and will work tirelessly to help bring a championship to the Sun franchise.”
Rizzotti was fired in March as head coach at George Washington after a 9-14 season and just one trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years at the school. Before that, she spent 17 seasons at the University of Hartford, winning coach of the year honors in the America East in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
She is currently an assistant coach on both the USA Olympic team and the USA AmeriCup Team.
“Jen Rizzotti brings instant credibility and is a powerhouse within the women’s basketball community,” said Kathy Regan-Pyne, a representative of the Connecticut Sun Board of Governors. “She has deep roots here in Connecticut and we could not be more thrilled to have her joining our team.”
The Sun open the season on May 14 in Atlanta.