The New York Liberty is saddened to learn of the death of former assistant coach Norm Ellenberger, who passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, at his home in Watersmeet, Mich.; He was 83 years old.
Ellenberger was an assistant coach on John Whisenant’s staff during the Liberty’s 2012 season, helping guide the team to a 15-19 overall record and the No. 4 seed in the WNBA Eastern Conference Playoffs.
He enjoyed a storied coaching career that spanned seven decades, with stints in the WNBA, NBA, NCAA and high school.
Ellenberger was the head coach of the University of New Mexico from 1972-79, guiding the Lobos to a pair of Western Athletic Conference titles and a berth into the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1974.
He also served as an assistant coach with UTEP (1986-90), Indiana University (1990-00) and the Chicago Bulls (2000-03).