Participants

Sandy BRONDELLO

Sandy BRONDELLO
    Basketball
Birth Date:   
Age:   
Gender:   Female

Weight (Kg):  0

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
BKB Basketball Women 1

Sandy BRONDELLO - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Fri, 6 Apr 21:00
Women Preliminary Round Pool A
Australia
113
Mozambique
53
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 18:30
Women Preliminary Round Pool A
Australia
100
Canada
61
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 17:30
Women Preliminary Round Pool A
England
55
Australia
118
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 21:00
Women Semifinal
Australia
109
New Zealand
50
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 20:30
Gold Medal Event Women Gold Medal Game
Australia
99
England
55
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights

Represented Australia 302 times, the third-highest total in Opals history, which included four Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004), where she won two silver and a bronze medal, and four World Championships (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002), winning two bronze medals. Played 10 seasons in Australia's Women's National Basketball League (WNBL), named MVP in 1995. Played in Europe with German club BTV Wuppertal, winning 10 national titles, had four Euroleague Final Four appearances, including winning the title in 1996, and named the Euroleague Final Four MVP in 1998. Drafted by the Detroit Shock in 1998 WNBA Draft, and played six seasons in the league with the Shock, Miami Sol and Seattle Storm.

Named assistant coach at the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2005, before being promoted to head coach in February 2010. After being fired in September, signed with the Los Angeles Sparks as an assistant coach, before securing her next head coaching role in November 2013 with the Phoenix Mercury. In her first season, led the Mercury to a league record 29 wins, winning the 2014 WNBA Championship, and was named Coach of the Year. The Phoenix Mercury have made the WNBA playoffs every season since. Named Australian Opals coach in April 2017, but due to her WNBA commitments, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be her international coaching debut. (basketball.net.au, 2010; smh.com.au, 18 April 2017)


Appointment: April 2017 (smh.com.au, 18 April 2017)
Other role: Head coach of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). (Herald Sun, 9 Sep 2017)
Additional information

SHINING OPAL
"Being an Opal meant everything to me. Coming from a small town, I remember saying I wanted to play for Australia, but because of where I was coming from, it raised eyebrows. People didn’t think it was possible when you came from a country town. I played for Australia from the age of 18 and it was a dream come true, but I still had to pinch myself. It was a great journey for me. I made so many lifelong friends and we created so many memories, but the competition, going to work day-in, day-out, and putting on the green and gold, well there was nothing better than that. It was the highlight of my career, playing for Australia." (Herald Sun, 9 Sep 2017)


STYLIST
Known for wearing fashionable outfits while coaching, she is styled by former player Shyra ELY-GASH (USA). "I coached her at San Antonio and always thought she was really stylish. She finished playing, then became a stylist and I was one of her first clients. It’s great. I love dressing up and I wear a lot of dresses, I’m not a suit kind of girl. Shyra pulls items together, sends pictures of how I need to wear everything, she has my (credit) card, buys it all, it gets sent to home and then I check the pictures to make sure I’m wearing everything right and the shoes match the dress." (Herald Sun, 9 Sep 2017)


COACH HUSBAND
While playing in Germany, was coached by her now-husband, Olaf LANGE (GER). LANGE, the current Russian Basketball Federation Women's national coach and until recently was the head coach of Russian club UMMC Ekaterinburg, where BRONDELLO served as his assistant. "He is a great man. A great coach in his own right, he’s my mentor. Olaf’s been coaching since he was 16, he has so much experience. We talk basketball at home and he’s more of a thinker, I’m a bit more spontaneous and we just match together." (Herald Sun, 9 Sep 2017)


BACKYARD BEGINNINGS
"My father was a sugar cane farmer and he built that backboard and pinned it on an old water tank in the backyard. It was a bit uneven, but it allowed me to shoot. He did that for me when I was younger and that was cool. You couldn’t do a lay-up because you’d get taken out by the water tank. My mum couldn’t drive and dad was often busy, so I’d go out to my own court and do my own little workouts." (Herald Sun, 9 Sep 2017)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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