Mike Thibault was named the head coach/general manager of the Washington Mystics on December 18, 2012. Following the 2013 season, his first season with the team, Thibault earned his third WNBA Coach of the Year recognition.
The winningest coach in WNBA history, Thibault has led Washington to seven total postseason appearances (2013-2015, 2017-2020). During the 2017 playoffs, Washington made it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
Under his tutelage, Washington made back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances in 2018 and 2019, winning the franchise’s first ever championship in the latter season.
During the 2019 season, the team displayed one of the greatest offenses in WNBA history, posting the league’s highest offensive rating ever at 112.9. The Mystics went a combined 48-20 over the two seasons, including a franchise-best 26-8 record during the 2019 campaign.
Maria Giovannetti, Assistant General Manager
Maria Giovannetti returns for her eleventh season with the Mystics, her fourth as Assistant General Manager. Prior to her current role, Giovannetti served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Mystics, where she oversaw all day-to-day functions for the team including player contracts, budget management, team travel, and player development. Giovannetti has been instrumental in assisting Coach Thibault build a team that has made seven postseason appearances, including Washington’s back-to-back trips to the WNBA Finals in 2018 and 2019, and the first title in franchise history in 2019.
Maria graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a four-year varsity basketball player and the Colonial Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2005. Maria continued her studies at the George Washington University where she received her Master’s in Tourism Administration with a focus in Sport Management.
Eric Thibault, Associate Head Coach
Eric Thibault is in his tenth season as an assistant coach with the Washington Mystics and his fourth as associate head coach. Thibault has helped lead the team to seven postseason appearances, including Washington’s back-to-back trips to the WNBA Finals in 2018 and 2019, and the first title in franchise history in 2019. As part of his responsibilities the past nine years, Thibault has directed much of the player development, with an emphasis on coaching the guards, including Natasha Cloud, who was a candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018, and Ariel Atkins, a member of the 2018 All-Rookie team and Team USA during the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.
He has had stints with Virginia Commonwealth University and the Connecticut Sun. During the 2012-13 season, Thibault assisted with the recruiting process and player development for VCU and played an integral role in the team’s transition to the Atlantic-10 conference. As a member of the Sun’s coaching staff, Thibault was responsible for preparing reports on opponent personnel, conducting individual workouts with players, managing season statistics, constructing opponent film edits, and scouting opponents. He has also worked on the floor with WNBA All-Star point guards Kara Lawson, Lindsay Whalen, Ivory Latta and Kristi Toliver. Thibault was also a key member of the coaching staff that assisted the Sun during their playoff run in 2012.
Sefu Bernard, Director Player Development
Ami Bracey, Equipment Manager
Kala Flagg , Head Physical Therapist
Christina Kennedy, Head Athletic Trainer
Shelly Patterson, Assistant Coach
LaToya Sanders, Assistant Coach
Stu Singer, Mental Performance Coach
Emma Skinker, Basketball Operations Coordinator
Daniel Villarreal, Video and Analytics Coordinator
Andrew Wade, Video and Analytics Assistant
Sarah Walls, Strength & Conditioning Coach