NEW YORK — The New York Liberty is not renewing the contract of coach Katie Smith, the WNBA team announced Wednesday.
Smith's current contract ends this month. The National Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Ohio State star from Logan was elevated to the team's head coaching position in 2018 after serving as an assistant and associate head coach since 2014.Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and evening newsletters
"On behalf of the entire Liberty organization, we want to thank Katie for her time with our franchise," New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said in a statement. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt it necessary to move our organization forward in a new direction."
The Liberty went 10-24 this past season, following up a 7-27 record in Smith's first year as coach.
The future is bright for the team with New York holding the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. The Liberty had the No. 2 pick last season and selected Asia Durr, who was injured for half of the season.
Smith, 45, walked into a difficult situation last year with the Liberty up for sale and the team's home games moved to Westchester, where they were played in a roughly 2,500-seat arena that was rarely sold out.
She finished her playing career with New York in 2013.
Smith took Ohio State to its only women's Final Four in 1993 and won two American Basketball League titles with the Columbus Quest, two WNBA titles with the Detroit Shock and three Olympic gold medals during a decorated career.
She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.