Walt Hopkins – Head Coach – First Season – University of Nevada-Reno, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley
The 2020 WNBA season will be Walt Hopkins’ first season as the New York Liberty’s head coach.
Prior to joining the Liberty, Hopkins served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx since 2017, where he helped accumulate a 63-39 record, three consecutive trips to the WNBA Playoffs and one WNBA Championship.
Hopkins has over a decade of experience as a basketball coach at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels. He specializes in: relationship building; providing nuanced individual skill development at every position; improving footwork and shot mechanics; creating and maintaining positive team culture via specific framing and communication strategies; and cultivating positive mindsets in players and coaches.
Prior to joining the Lynx staff, Hopkins served as Academic Coach at the University of California, Berkeley (2014-2016). He also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Utah Valley University (2013-2014) and Director of Basketball Operations and Player Development Coach for the Tulsa Shock (2013).
Originally from Sparks, Nevada, Hopkins received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada-Reno. He also holds master’s degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley, where his studies focused primarily on applying findings from Social, Developmental and Educational Psychology to coaching settings.