Nygaard heads home to coach Phoenix Mercury

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PHOENIX (AP) Vanessa Nygaard is headed home to coach the Phoenix Mercury.

A Scottsdale native, Nygaard was announced as the 10th coach in Mercury history on Monday after a nine-year stint as a head high school coach.

She replaces Sandy Brondello, who didn't have her contract renewed last month after eight seasons and taking the Mercury to the 2021 WNBA Finals.