Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Sparks Fire Head Coach Carol Ross

(Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

After a disappointing 10-12 start, the Los Angeles Sparks front office has decided it was time to make a change, firing head coach, Carol Ross. It was also announced that long time executive and general manager, Penny Toler, will be taking over the head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. 

Ross’ record over her two years as head coach was 61-36 and included playoff appearances in both seasons, but the Sparks have greater aspirations than just qualifying for the playoffs and the very slow start was unacceptable.

“I’d like to thank Carol for her contributions to the Sparks organization, team and Los Angeles community,” said Penny Toler.  “Carol is a tremendous coach, but we felt it was time to bring in a different energy to this team. Decisions like this are never easy, and we wish Carol the best.” 

The Sparks now look to turn around their season starting Wednesday when they face the New York Liberty at Staples Center.

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