The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the hiring of five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher as head coach. Fisher played in the NBA for 18 seasons and helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five titles.

“I am thrilled to name Derek Fisher our next head coach,” Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said. “Derek is a champion and proven leader on and off the court. With his wealth of experience as a former player and head coach, I can’t think of a better steward for our basketball team moving forward.”

Fisher’s experience includes holding the NBA record for playoff game appearances (259), serving as the players’ union president and coaching the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.

“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks,” Fisher said. “There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can’t wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand - and deserve.”

Fisher becomes the 12th head coach in Sparks franchise history.