Former WNBA player and All-American Monica Wright has joined Liberty's women's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 season. In her role, she works with the Lady Flames' wing players.
Wright comes to Liberty from Incarnate Word, where she served the Cardinals' women's basketball team as director of student-athlete development in 2017-18.
After being drafted second overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2010 WNBA Draft, Wright was named to the 2010 WNBA All-Rookie Team. She averaged 11.1 ppg as a rookie, headlined by a career-high 32-point outburst against the Phoenix Mercury on June 1, 2010.
Wright helped the Lynx win WNBA titles in both 2011 and 2013. During Minnesota's 3-0 sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the 2013 WNBA Finals, Wright averaged 11.7 ppg and 1.7 spg for the victors.
Wright, who also spent time with the Seattle Storm, served as secretary/treasurer for the WNBA Players Association during the 2015 season.
Wright owns experience with USA Basketball, helping Team USA win gold at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships. During the 2007 tournament, Wright was voted team captain by a staff featuring DePaul Head Coach Doug Bruno, Basketball Hall of Famer Cynthia Cooper and Notre Dame Assistant Coach Carol Owens. Playing alongside Maya Moore, Jantel Lavender and Jasmine Thomas, Wright helped Team USA go 9-0, averaging 9.8 ppg and coming up with a team-high 21 steals. Wright was also part of the 2010 U.S. Women's Select Team.
Wright played collegiately at Virginia, where she earned Associated Press All-America honors as a sophomore, junior and senior (2008-10). During her senior season (2009-10), Wright was honored as ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 23.7 ppg (No. 7 in the NCAA) and 3.7 spg (No. 2 in the NCAA).
Virginia's all-time leading scorer (2,540 career points) and the No. 3 all-time scorer among ACC women's basketball players, Wright introduced herself to Liberty fans on Dec. 29, 2009 during the Marriott Cavalier Classic title game at John Paul Jones Arena. She finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and a Lady Flames opponent-record 10 steals, earning tournament MVP honors.
During her four years at Virginia, Wright set program career records for total points (2,540), scoring average (19.1 ppg), field goals made (962), field goal attempts (2,207) and 25-point games (28), with a high of 39 points at Boston College on Jan. 21, 2010. Her 372 career steals rank No. 4 in Virginia history.
Wright graduated from Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va., in 2006, after a highly decorated high school career for the Bruins. Wright led Forest Park to Virginia AAA state titles as a sophomore (2004) and senior (2006), averaging 22.4 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 4.5 spg and 3.0 apg during her senior campaign.
Wright, who totaled 1,913 high school points, was named to the USA Today All-USA first team squad as a senior. She was also tabbed the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Virginia in both 2005 and 2006.
Wright was the first Virginia player to be named to both the McDonald's and WBCA All-America games. She scored a team-high 13 points and came up with a game-record eight steals during the McDonald's All-America game and was named team MVP at the WBCA contest.
Wright, who graduated from Virginia with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2010, is a strong advocate of women's health. She served as an ambassador for womenshealth.gov and girlshealth.gov for several years.
Wright is engaged to marry Michael Rogers.
Coaching Experience 2017-18: One year, women's director of student-athlete development, Incarnate Word 2018-Present: Assistant women's coach, Liberty