Washington Mystics Coach Marianne Stanley, the WNBA's coach of the year last season, agreed this week to a new two-year contract that will pay her about $190,000 per season, WNBA sources said.
Stanley, who steered the Mystics to their first winning season, received less than a 10 percent increase over what the club paid her last year, sources said.
Stanley earned close to $175,000 last season. Her base pay was significantly less, but she met many of her performance-based bonuses, a source said, including $10,000 for being named coach of the year. Following the 2001 season, when the Mystics tied for the league's worst record at 10-22, club officials turned to Stanley, who guided the team to a 17-15 mark last season.
Prior to joining the Mystics, Stanley's previous stint as a head coach was at the University of California, where she earned a 35-75 mark in four years.
Stanley could not be reached to comment.
While the Mystics have led the WNBA in attendance, with more than 16,000 fans per game, these are tough financial times for the rest of the league. The six-year-old WNBA has seen franchises fold in Miami, Orlando and Portland, Ore., and is hoping to relocate them before the season.