WNBA Coach of the Year 2024: Top 5 candidates ft. Noelle Quinn

Seattle Storm v Las Vegas Aces
WNBA Coach of the Year 2024: Top 5 candidates ft. Noelle Quinn

Another week down in the WNBA season and the landscape of the league continues to shift. Coaches such as Aces' Becky Hammon and Storm's Noelle Quinn show no signs of backing down as their ball clubs persevere in a tough schedule. Meanwhile, coaches Stephanie White and Sandy Brondello continue as the standard with their teams in top conditions.

COTY is a tremendous award that coaches can add to their resumes and look back fondly on as an impressive achievement once all is said and done. For the likes of Cheryl Reeve and Becky Hammon, winning the award won't come as anything new but will strengthen their legacy in the WNBA.

Being a head coach comes with different expectations and high-level pressure to get the job done. As of now, there are already a good number of candidates who have showcased their ability to lead their team towards success.


Top 5 candidates for WNBA Coach of the Year 2024

#5 Becky Hammon

Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon with guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young
Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon with guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young

It has been a tough stretch of basketball for the Las Vegas Aces who went through a rock three-game losing streak. They snapped it last Thursday night with a 103-99 win against the Phoenix Mercury but dropped Saturday night's ball game to the Liberty.

Be that as it may, the team is still in the win column and persevered amid all the injuries, including the defensive slumps.


#4 Noelle Quinn

Seattle Storm coach Noelle Quinn
Seattle Storm coach Noelle Quinn

The Seattle Storm are on the role, courtesy of coach Noelle Quinn finding the right buttons to push with this unit. After starting the WNBA season 1-3, the team immediately punched back by winning six straight. While the offense remains top five, their defense is the one that has been their best weapon over opponents.

They rank third defensively in the WNBA and continue to be one of the more imposing units on that end of the court.


#3 Cheryl Reeve

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve

Establishing a prominent coaching legacy in the WNBA is no easy feat to pull off. However, Minnesota Lynx's Cheryl Reeve makes it look seamless after all the years of doing it to a high standard.

She has already won the COTY thrice in her career and is in a great position to secure a fourth one.


#2 Sandy Brondello

New York Liberty coach Sandy Brondello
New York Liberty coach Sandy Brondello

Dominance offensively and defensively in basketball is a demanding position for any squad. Meanwhile, the New York Liberty have excelled in both facets of the game and it's easy to acknowledge how complete of a team they have looked this WNBA season.

Leading the forefront of this identity is Sandy Brondello, who is picking up after the success of last season and transitioning it this year's run.


#1 Stephanie White

Connecticut Sun coach Stephanie White
Connecticut Sun coach Stephanie White

Last year's COTY Stephanie White has carried on her success from the previous season and turned the Connecticut Sun into the team to beat in the WNBA this season. While their offense isn't as imposing as the Liberty and the Lynx, their number-one-ranked defense has caused problems for their opponents.

If the team continues at this pace, White has a great shot at going back-to-back with the award.

Edited by Yash Singh
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