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    Tuesday, February 07, 2023

    Darius Taylor named general manager of Connecticut Sun

    Darius Taylor was named general manager of the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday. (Photo by Kevin Liles/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Mohegan — Darius Taylor, assistant general manager of the Atlanta Dream, was named general manager of the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday.

    Taylor replaces Curt Miller, who served in the dual role of head coach/general manager before leaving to become head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.

    In addition, ex-UConn and Sun player Morgan Tuck was named assistant general manager while continuing in her role as director of franchise development.

    The hirings, announced by team president Jennifer Rizzotti, come less than a week after the Sun introduced Stephanie White as the WNBA franchise’s new head coach.

    "I’m excited to welcome Darius Taylor to the Connecticut Sun organization," Rizzotti said in a release. "His vast and diverse experiences in the game of women’s basketball make him a great choice to guide the short and long term vision here in Connecticut. Darius is known for his relationship building and his understanding of how positive culture impacts overall performance on and off the court. I’m looking forward to seeing his immediate impact on our team and staff.

    “And Morgan has been a rising star. She is dedicated to personal and professional growth and has made a tremendous impact on our Community Relations department. Morgan was eager to learn more about the business side of basketball, and with her ability to relate to current and future players, sliding her into an assistant GM position seemed like a natural fit.”

    Taylor has an extensive resume in basketball. In addition to his most recent role with the Dream, he also served as an assistant coach and interim head coach. He was also an assistant coach at South Carolina, where he helped head coach Dawn Staley recruit many of the players that helped the Gamecocks win their first NCAA championship.

    He has also worked in the NBA’s Development League and as assistant director of competitive programs with USA Basketball.

    "I am very proud to be a part of the Connecticut Sun, which for years has been one of the model organizations on and off the court in the WNBA," Taylor said. "I’m also extremely excited about helping to empower such a talented group of women and people. I’d like to thank the Mohegan Tribal Council, Kevin Lowry, and Jen Rizzotti for the opportunity to help collectively lead this organization.

    “I look forward to collaborating with our players and staff to continue and build on the winning tradition of this great organization."

    n.griffen@theday.com

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