After Angela Taylor's departure, Washington Mystics must again fill front-office vacancy

By Kathy Orton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 5, 2010; 12:08 AM

Angela Taylor's unexpected departure from the Washington Mystics leaves the team once again searching to fill a void in its front office. Sheila Johnson, president and managing partner of the Mystics, said in an e-mail Monday that she, majority owner Ted Leonsis and chief operating officer Greg Bibb will head the search for a new general manager.

"As of now we don't have a timeline and we are exploring all of our options," Johnson wrote.

No further details were provided on why Taylor's contract was not renewed after her two-year deal expired.

"In terms of negotiations, per company policy, we don't discuss personnel related matters," Johnson wrote.

Taylor had not been a general manager nor had she assembled a team before coming to Washington in October 2008. She did have a strong background as a talent evaluator having worked in the WNBA league offices.

During Taylor's tenure, the Mystics enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in franchise history. Taylor hired Coach Julie Plank, who led Washington to back-to-back playoff appearances. Last season, despite losing all-star guard Alana Beard before the season, the Mystics won a team-record 22 games, cracking the 20-win mark for the first time in franchise history. They also earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference but were swept out of the playoffs by the Atlanta Dream, losing their eighth consecutive postseason game.

Taylor told Mel Greenberg of the Womhoops Guru blog that "Right now I really have no plans" when asked if she would pursue WNBA general manager vacancies in Chicago and New York.

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