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Hargrove Is Named Mystics' GM

Saturday, February 26, 2005; Page D02

The Washington Mystics announced yesterday that Judy Holland-Burton has resigned as senior vice president of team operations. Holland-Burton will remain with Washington Sports and Entertainment, overseeing the community relations department.

Linda Hargrove, who was an assistant coach with the Mystics last season, becomes the team's general manager.

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"While this was certainly a difficult decision, I felt like the timing was perfect to hand over the [reins]," Holland-Burton said in a statement released by the team. "I believe Linda has all of the skills necessary to guide the Mystics, and being able to hire such a qualified person has given me every confidence that the Mystics will be in great hands for the future."

Before coming to the Mystics last season, Hargrove was head coach and general manager of the Portland Fire from 2000 until 2002, when the team folded. Prior to joining the WNBA, she coached in the now-defunct ABL. Hargrove has 26 years of college coaching experience.

"We want to build on last season's success and continue to grow and develop our players in an effort to build a perennial playoff contender," Hargrove said.

Washington finished 17-17 and advanced to the WNBA playoffs. The Mystics have the sixth pick in the April 26 draft.

-- Kathy Orton

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