INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today 10-year WNBA veteran Le’Coe Willingham will join the team as an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2020 season.
“Le’Coe is a great addition to our staff and I know our team is looking forward to having her here with us,” Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “Coach Stanley has done a wonderful job with our team during this abbreviated season and she is excited to have another assistant coach to help us as much as possible. Coach Schilling is still providing positive input from Indianapolis while she is recovering from surgery.”
The Augusta, Ga. Native played in the WNBA from 2004-13, including stops with the Connecticut Sun, Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky and the Atlanta Dream. Willingham won two WNBA titles in consecutive seasons as a starter with Phoenix in 2009, as well as a key reserve with Seattle in 2010. She is one of three players in WNBA history who won two consecutive WNBA titles with different teams.
Willingham started 105 of her 300 career regular season games played and averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and shot 49.0 percent from the floor throughout her career.
A standout athlete at Auburn University from 1999-04, Willingham is the program’s 13th all-time leading scorer with 1,475 points and seventh leading rebounder with 927.
Willingham’s last head coaching stint was at Fort Valley State from 2017-19, and was also an assistant coach at Tennessee State from 2014-16, helping guide the Tigers to its first conference championship in 20 years.
Fever Assistant Coach April Schilling will remain involved with game preparations. Schilling returned to Indianapolis on August 3 for surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon.
The Fever play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the Los Angeles Sparks on ESPN.