UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 5, 2017) – Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller and center Jonquel Jones were both recognized by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Miller was named Associated Press Coach of the Year, receiving 14 of 15 votes from the media panel. In his second season, Miller led the Sun to a 21-13 record and the fourth best record in the WNBA after the team was projected to finish 11th at the beginning of the year.
“I’m humbled because there wasn’t a lot of expectations on this group,” Miller said. “Such a credit to those players, every adversity we had, they responded.”
Prior to joining the WNBA coaching ranks, Miller was a five-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year and also a five-time finalist for National Coach of the Year. Since 2005, only Miller, UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer have been National Coach of the Year finalist five or more times. While he was at Bowling Green, he won a Mid-Atlantic Conference record six Coach of the Year awards.
Jones earned AP Most Improved Player honors after breaking the single-season rebounding record set by Tina Charles in 2010. A second-year center, Jones became the first player in WNBA history to collect 400 rebounds in a season. She finished with 403 while also amassing 20 double-doubles in 2017.
“She’s a very special elite rebounder and she’s only scratched the surface,” Miller said of his second-year player. “She will get better defensively and offensively. She will only get stronger around the basket.”
The Sun will host their first playoff game at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information, visit www.connecticutsun.com or call 877-SUN-TIXX.