L.A. Sparks hire Tonya Edwards as assistant coach

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Friday, May 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks have hired Tonya Edwards as an assistant coach, reuniting her with Brian Agler, who coached her in the ABL and WNBA.

Edwards played five seasons in the WNBA with Minnesota, Phoenix and Charlotte and won ABL titles with Columbus in 1997 and '98. Agler was her first coach when she was drafted by the Lynx in 1999 and became an All-Star as a rookie.

Edwards coached the women's basketball team at Alcorn State from 2008-15 and was SWAC coach of the year in 2010-11. She was an assistant at Detroit Mercy, with the Chicago Blaze in the NWBL and at Mott Community College in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

She won national championships at Tennessee in 1987 and 1989 and was MVP of the 1987 NCAA tournament.

The hiring was announced Wednesday.