Seimone Augustus retires, joins L.A. Sparks staff


WNBA legend Seimone Augustus is retiring and will be an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks, the team announced Thursday. 

“It’s an honor to continue to serve the game that has given me so much,” Augustus said in a press release. “I’m excited to join the Sparks staff and look forward to developing in this new role.”

Augustus is retiring as one of the greatest WNBA basketball players of all time following a storied 15-year career. Drafted at No. 1 overall in the 2006 draft, she spent the first 14 seasons of her career with the Minnesota Lynx. There she won four championships (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and was an eight-time All-Star. 

She’s also been a staple of the past three Olympic basketball teams, winning three gold medals with USA Basketball in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 

Augustus retires from the WNBA 10th in scoring in league history with 6,005 points with an average of 15.4 points per game over her 15-year career. She ranks seventh in WNBA history with a career 48% field goal percentage. 

The Baton Rouge native played collegiately at LSU where she won back-to-back Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards in 2005 and 2006 while being part of three consecutive Final Four appearances. 

“Seimone Augustus is one of the greatest basketball players to ever step foot on a court,” general manager and head coach Derek Fisher said in the release. “Her impact as a pioneer in our sport can be seen through all the players and people she’s impacted in this game. It’s been an amazing honor to work with her over the past year and we’re excited to add all of her wisdom to our coaching staff.”