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Miller signs four-year extension with Connecticut Sun

Curt Miller and the Connecticut Sun have had a pretty good thing going the past five WNBA seasons.

Miller, the team's general manager and head coach, and the Sun will keep their partnership going as Miller signed a four-year contract extension through the 2024 WNBA season.

Per team policy, no details were released.

"I would like to thank the Mohegan Tribe leadership, along with Amber Cox (Vice President of Sports at Mohegan Sun), for their renewed commitment and faith in what we are doing,” Miller said. “I'm incredibly proud of the culture and sustained success we have established. So much of that has to do with the players we have had and continue to have here, and their excellence both on and off the court.

“Together, and along with my outstanding staff, I look forward to continuing to work to do all we can to bring a WNBA championship here to Connecticut. This team, franchise, and our loyal fan base deserve that, and I'm humbled to continue to have the opportunity to lead them."

Miller began coaching the Sun in 2016. He has an 89-69 overall record in the regular season and is 9-8 in the postseason, including berths in the 2019 WNBA Finals and the 2020 WNBA semifinals. Both series went the full five games.

“Curt has done a tremendous job during his tenure,” Cox said. “He’s built a culture on and off the court that has resulted in sustained success, making this a destination for players, coaches and staff. I’m thrilled to extend Curt’s contract and continue our journey to help bring home the franchise’s first WNBA Championship.”

The Sun had a 21-13 regular season record in both 2017 and 2018. The team played in the quarterfinals both years after missing the postseason the previous five seasons, the longest postseason drought in franchise history. Miller received multiple honors in 2017 as he was chosen by a media panel as the WNBA Coach of the Year (Connecticut finished 14-20 in 2016), the WNBA Executive of the Year (picked by a panel of one executive from each team), and the Associated Press Coach of the Year (also chosen by a media panel).

Half of the Sun's 12-woman roster was new last season, including two rookies and three new starters, with two-time All-WNBA center Jonquel Jones opting to sit out due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut began the season 0-5 before rallying to finish the regular season 10-12 and earn the seventh seed in the playoffs. It became just the third team in WNBA history to begin a season with five-or-more losses and make the playoffs and the first to reach the semifinals, highlighted by a 73-59 rout over the third-seeded Los Angeles Sparks in the second round.

Miller's 75 regular-season wins since 2017 trails only Cheryl Reeve (77), the four-time WNBA championship coach of the Minnesota Lynx. The Washington Mystics' Mike Thibault, who guided his team to the 2019 WNBA championship, is the only head coach with more playoff wins since 2017 (12).

n.griffen@theday.com

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