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  • PRO BASKETBALL NOTE


    Monday, July 28, 10:13 PM
    (RESTORING DROPPED WORD IN LEAD) 
    
    *Monarchs fire GM-coach Murphy, tab VanDerveer as replacement*
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    The Sacramento Monarchs today became the second WNBA team to
    fire its head coach, dumping Mary Murphy today and replacing her
    with assistant Heidi VanDerveer. 
    
    Murphy also was relieved of her duties as general manager and
    replaced with former Sacramento Kings coach Jerry Reynolds. 
    
    The Monarchs were 5-10 under Murphy and are in the midst of a
    five-game losing streak that has dropped them into third place
    in the Western Conference, four games behind first-place
    Phoenix.  Murphy was hired after two seasons at Cal
    State-Hayward and seven years at the University of Wisconsin. 
    
    "We decided a change was necessary for the team, and at the
    halfway mark of the season, we believe there is time to refocus
    and make a run for one of the four playoff positions," said team
    president Rick Benner.  "The combination of Jerry's competitive
    sports background and his long history as part of our
    organization, along with Heidi and her positive rapport with the
    players, we feel will create a basis for a successful basketball
    operation." 
    
    The 33-year-old VanDerveer is the younger sister of Stanford
    coach Tara VanDerveer, who also guided the U.S. Olympic team to
    the gold medal last August.  Heidi VanDerveer joined the
    Monarchs in April after three seasons as head coach at Eastern
    Washington. 
    
    VanDerveer's post as assistant was filled by Yvette Angel, who
    signed with Sacramento as a developmental player in May.  She
    spent the past three seasons as head coach of Bishop Montgomery
    High School in Torrance, California, leading the team to a pair
    of state championships. 
    
    Reynolds has been part of the Kings' organization for 12 years
    as a head coach (1987-90), general manager (1992-94) and his
    current role as director of player personnel.  He also serves as
    the team's television color analyst. 
    
    
    


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