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ADUBATO FIRED

Richie Adubato, who led the Liberty to three Eastern

Conference championships in 5 1/2 seasons, was fired as coach yesterday after

his team lost eight of its last nine games.

Assistant Pat Coyle was hired as interim coach of the Liberty, which is off

to a 7-9 start and tied for fifth place in the conference.

The Liberty also fired assistant Jeff House.

Adubato, named coach in December 1998, had a record of 100-79 and led the

Liberty to conference titles in 1999, 2000 and '02.

The Liberty was beaten in the '99 and 2000 WNBA Finals by the Houston

Comets and lost to the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2002 Finals.

"We thank Richie for his commitment to the Liberty," Liberty general

manager Carol Blazejowski said in a statement. "He played a big part in our

past success, most notably guiding us to three Eastern Conference

championships, but we felt that at this time the team needed to go in a

different direction."

Adubato was an NBA head coach with the Detroit Pistons (1979-80), Dallas

Mavericks (1989-93) and Orlando Magic (1996-97).

He was an assistant with the Knicks for four seasons and served as an

assistant with Detroit, Dallas, Cleveland and Orlando.

Coyle has been an assistant with the Liberty since 1998. She went 100-77

at Loyola College from 1992-98.

"We're confident that Patty's extensive coaching experience, as both an

assistant and head coach, will serve her well in her role as interim head

coach," Blazejowski said.

Coyle will make her debut Tuesday against Sacramento at the Garden.

Tuesday

Sacramento

at Liberty

7:30 p.m.

TV: FSNY

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