Augustus to Join LA Sparks Coaching Staff
LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2021) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today that four-time WNBA Champion Seimone Augustus has retired and will join the Sparks coaching staff. Augustus joins General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher and assistant coaches Latricia Trammell and Fred Williams.
“It’s an honor to continue to serve the game that has given me so much,” Augustus said. “I’m excited to join the Sparks staff and look forward to developing in this new role.”
Drafted No. 1 overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx, Augustus retires as one of the most prolific basketball players of all time. Her accolades include winning four championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), eight All-Star appearances (2006, 2007, 2001, 2013-2015, 2017, 2018), and making six-All-WNBA teams. Augustus is also a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist with USA Basketball (2008, 2012, 2016).
“Seimone Augustus is one of the greatest basketball players to ever step foot on a court,” Fisher said. “Her impact as a pioneer in our sport can be seen through all the players and people she’s impacted in this game. It’s been an amazing honor to work with her over the past year and we’re excited to add all of her wisdom to our coaching staff.”
Augustus first joined the Sparks in 2020 free agency. In 21 appearances for the Sparks last season at IMG Academy, Augustus averaged 5.9 points in 15.8 minutes per game, shooting an efficient 49.1% from the field and 54.5% on 3-pointers.
Augustus retires from the WNBA 10th in scoring in league history with 6,005 points, averaging 15.4 points per game throughout her career. Her career 48% field goal percentage is the seventh best in WNBA history. She finishes with career averages of 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, shooting 36.4% on 3-pointers for her career. She played in 58 playoff games, starting 56, and averaged 15.5 points on 45.2% shooting in the postseason.
Augustus played collegiately at LSU where she won back-to-back Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards in 2005 and 2006 while guiding her team to three consecutive Final Four appearances. She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.