It's certainly not uncommon for professional athletes to make the transition into coaching following their playing days. We have seen more and more of this in recent years throughout sports, especially with younger coaches getting the chance to lead teams.
What is uncommon is when a professional athlete begins their quest for life after playing while they're still playing.
Washington Mystics veteran guard Kristi Toliver is joining the Wizards' coaching staff, the team announced Tuesday.
The news comes after the 10-year WNBA pro got her feet wet on the Wizards' bench during Vegas Summer League play in July.
Along with Elena Delle Donne, Toliver helped lead the Mystics to the 2018 WNBA Finals, before ultimately falling to the Seattle Storm.
The 31-year-old was drafted third overall by Chicago in 2009 after leading her Maryland Terrapins to a national championship in 2006.
Toliver will serve as an assistant coach and focus on player development for head coach Scott Brooks.
Coach Brooks also welcomes Robert Pack and Ryan Richman to the front of the bench. Pack served as assistant coach under Brooks for two seasons during their Oklahoma City Thunder days while Richman led the team during summer leage play and is entering his fifth year in Washington.
The Wizards open their 2018-19 regular season Thursday against the Miami Heat inside Capital One Arena. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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