Interview with Katie Smith on what it was like to stand in as Head Coach for New York Liberty WNBA Team




Katie Smith is a retired professional basketball player, who played most recently in the WNBA. Her primary position was shooting guard, although she sometimes plays small forward or point guard. She is the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball, having notched over 7000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

In 2013, she signed for the New York Liberty and announced her retirement the following season.  She went on to become the Assistant Head Coach for the Team alongside Head Coach Bill Limber.

In a friendly game against Washington Mystics on September 14th, Katie had the chance to step in as Head Coach taking over the reigns form Bill Limber after he asked her the week before which games she wanted to coach.  It was a tough game and the Mystics walked away with a 75-62 win.


After the game, Katie was asked about her experience:


“It was great experience, getting a feel for the game, having to think about some of the things like time outs, whether someones tired, figuring out fouls, play calls”

“I do want to be a Head Coach…at some point soon.  I thought tonight was a good first trial.”


Our FCN Media Officer in the US – Erica Ayala attended the Press Conference after the Game and asked Katie a couple of questions:




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