Richard Douglas "Doug" Bruno is the head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons women's basketball team. In 2016, he completed his 30th season as head coach. In 2007, Bruno completed a two-year term as President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, a position to which he was elected by his peers. Under his tenure, the Blue Demons have qualified for post-season competition play in 21 of his 30 seasons, including the last 14 seasons. Born Richard Douglas Bruno in Chicago, Doug Bruno played high school basketball at Quigley Preparatory Seminary South. Bruno played college basketball at DePaul University under Basketball Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer, earning a letter three years, starting two seasons. Bruno started his coaching career in 1973–74 at the high school level, first as an assistant coach for the boys' team at Francis Parker High School in Chicago as a head coach in 1974–75 for the boys' team at St. Vincent DePaul High School. Bruno was named the head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons women's basketball program in 1976.
In the first season, the team achieved an 11–10 record. In the second season the team achieved a 16 -- the most wins in the program's history. Bruno left DePaul to become the head coach of the Chicago Hustle, a women's basketball team in the Women's Professional Basketball League, they were going to be called the Hustlers, but that name reminded some of hookers. Bruno suggested changing the name to the Hustle. On December 9, 1978, the Chicago Hustle played the Milwaukee Does in what was not just the inaugural game of the Women's Professional Basketball League, but the first professional women's basketball game in the United States; the game was played in the MECCA Arena in Wisconsin. Bruno was 27 years old, younger than some of his players, trying to keep them calm while waiting to start their first professional game in front of national press services; when an English radio announcer interrupted him with advice, he lessened the tension with a mashup of some famous speeches, invoking the Duke of Wellington and Knute Rockne.
He implored his teams, "remember girls, the battle of Dunkirk was won on the playing fields of Eton. Now, go out there and win one for the Gipper."There were 7,824 people in the stands. Milwaukee scored the first points. Poor free throw shooting by Milwaukee would prove critical, Chicago would go on to win the first professional women's basketball game by a score of 92–87. In their first year, the Hustle tied for the Midwest Division crown; the league lasted three years. Bruno was involved in what has been called "he WBL's most serious officiating dispute." Bruno thought his point guard was getting roughed up, had responded by kicking a folding chair in one game, although it was reported that he tossed the folding chair "30 feet across the floor at an official". In a subsequent game, he thought his point guard was fouled with no call, so he went after the referee. Three security guards pulled; the fights included 70 people. After a delay, the Chicago team won 128–123 in overtime. Bruno left coaching women to become the associate men's head coach at Loyola University Chicago under Gene Sullivan.
He spent eight years at Loyola, during which the team had two 20 win seasons, reached the Sweet Sixteen once, in 1984–85. Bruno returned to DePaul and women's basketball in 1988, returning to the head coaching position of the Blue Demons, his first season, the team achieved a 23–10 record, tying for first place in the North Star conference, qualifying for post-season play. The team finished seventh in the WNIT, his team has qualified for post-season play all but three of the seasons since his return to DePaul. The team was a member of the North Star conference until the 1990–91 season was a member of the Great Midwest Conference for four years; that conference merged to become part of Conference USA, where DePaul remained until joining the Big East in 2005. In his first year as a member of the Big East, Bruno's Blue Demons achieved a 23–7 record, made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. DePaul announced that the basketball court at McGrath Arena will be named the Doug Bruno Court in his honor.
The decision was kept a surprise, announced at the annual Doug Bruno Challenge Dinner. Doug was told the dinner attendance wasn't meeting expectations, asked if his six sons could help bolster the attendance by showing up and bringing friends. Bruno was selected to be the head coach of the USA Women's U18 and U19 teams in 2006 and 2007; the U18 team competed for the FIBA Americas Championship, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado from June 28–July 2, 2006. The USA team defeated Paraguay, Brazil and Canada to win the Gold Medal, qualify for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, in Bratislava, Slovakia; the following year, Bruno coached the team to a perfect 9–0 record and a Gold Medal at the U19 World Championship. USA would play a close game against Spain in an early round, winning only by eight points 74–66, but in the medal round rematch, USA defeated Spain 69–46; the USA team faced undefeated Sweden in the championship game, but won 99–57. Bruno was named to an assistant coaching position for the USA women's national basketball team.
The team begins training in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 World Championships. Training camp was held in Washington, D. C. after which the team visited wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Following completion of the training camp, the team will head to Ekaterinburg, Russia, to compete in the 200
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
Women's National Basketball Association
The Women's National Basketball Association is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is composed of twelve teams; the league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association, league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October. Five WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena: the Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Washington Mystics; the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Dallas Wings, Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty, Seattle Storm do not share an arena with a direct NBA counterpart, although four of the seven share a market with an NBA counterpart, the Storm shared an arena and market with an NBA team at the time of its founding. The Dream, the Sky, the Sun, the Wings, the Aces, the Sparks, the Storm are all independently owned.
The creation of the WNBA was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on April 24, 1996, announced at a press conference with Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes in attendance. The new WNBA had to compete with the formed American Basketball League, another professional women's basketball league that began play in 1996; the WNBA began with eight teams: the Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers, Houston Comets and New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference. While not the first major women's professional basketball league in the United States, the WNBA is the only league to receive full backing of the NBA; the WNBA logo, "Logo Woman", was selected out of 50 different designs. On the heels of a much-publicized gold medal run by the 1996 USA Basketball Women's National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the WNBA began its first season on June 21, 1997 to little fanfare; the first WNBA game featured the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles. The game was televised nationally in the United States on the NBC television network.
At the start of the 1997 season, the WNBA had television deals in place with NBC, the Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation joint venture channels, ESPN and Lifetime Television Network, respectively. Penny Toler scored the league's first point; the WNBA centered its marketing campaign, dubbed "We Got Next", around stars Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. In the league's first season, Leslie's Los Angeles Sparks underperformed and Swoopes sat out much of the season due to her pregnancy; the WNBA's true star in 1997 was Swoopes' teammate on the Houston Comets. The Comets defeated Lobo's New York Liberty in the first WNBA Championship game; the initial "We Got Next" advertisement ran before each WNBA season until it was replaced with the "We Got Game" campaign. Two teams were added in 1998 and two more in 1999, bringing the number of teams in the league up to twelve; the 1999 season began with a collective bargaining agreement between players and the league, marking the first collective bargaining agreement to be signed in the history of women's professional sports.
The WNBA announced in 1999 that it would add four more team for the 2000 season, bringing the league up to 16 teams, with WNBA President Val Ackerman discussing expansion: "This won't be the end of it. We expect to keep growing the league."In 1999, the league's chief competition, the American Basketball League, folded. Many of the ABL's star players, including several Olympic gold medalists and a number of standout college performers joined the rosters of WNBA teams and, in so doing, enhanced the overall quality of play in the league; when a lockout resulted in an abbreviated NBA season, the WNBA saw faltering TV viewership. On May 23, 2000, the Houston Comets became the first WNBA team to be invited to the White House Rose Garden. Before this invitation, only men's sports teams had traveled to the White House. At the end of the 2000 season, the Houston Comets won their fourth championship, capturing every title since the league's inception. Led by the "Big Three" of Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, four-time Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper, the Comets dominated every team in the league.
Under head coach Van Chancellor, the team posted a 98–24 record through their first four seasons. After 2000, Cooper retired from the league and the Comets dynasty came to an end; the top contender in the 2001 season was the Los Angeles Sparks. Led by Lisa Leslie, the Sparks posted a regular-season record of 28–4, they advanced to their first WNBA Finals and swept the Charlotte Sting. Looking to repeat in 2002, the Sparks again made a strong run toward the postseason, going 25–7 in the regular season under head coach Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Lakers. Again, Leslie dominated opponents throughout the Playoffs, leading the Sparks to a perfect 6–0 record through all three rounds, beating the New York Liberty in the 2002 Finals. Teams and the league were collectively owned by the NBA until the end of 2002, when the NBA sold WNBA teams either to their NBA counterparts in the same city or to a third party, as a result of the dot-com bubble; this led to two teams moving: Utah moved to San Antonio, Orlando moved to Connecticut and became the first WNBA team to be
A payroll is a company's list of its employees, but the term is used to refer to: the total amount of money that a company pays to its employees a company's records of its employees' salaries and wages and withheld taxes the company's department that calculates funds and pays these. Payroll in the sense of "money paid to employees" plays a major role in a company for several reasons. From an accounting perspective, payroll is crucial because payroll and payroll taxes affect the net income of most companies and because they are subject to laws and regulations. From a human resources viewpoint, the payroll department is critical because employees are sensitive to payroll errors and irregularities: Good employee morale requires payroll to be paid timely and accurately; the primary mission of the payroll department is to ensure that all employees are paid and timely with the correct withholdings and deductions, that the withholdings and deductions are remitted in a timely manner. This includes salary payments, tax withholdings, deductions from paychecks.
Government agencies at various levels require employers to withhold income taxes from employees' wages. In the United States, "payroll taxes" are separate from income taxes, although they are levied on employers in proportion to salary. U. S. income and payroll taxes collected through deductions are considered to be trust fund taxes, because the employer holds the deducted money in trust for remittance. Before considering the payroll taxes, it is necessary to talk about the basic formula for the Net Pay. From gross pay one or more deductions are subtracted, thus the employee's gross pay minus payroll tax deductions, minus voluntary payroll deductions, is equal to Net Pay. Payroll tax deductions play a critical role and because they are provided by law they are known as Statutory payroll tax deductions; the employer must withhold payroll taxes from an employee's check and hand them over to several tax agencies by law. Payroll taxes include the following: Federal income tax withholding, based on withholding tables in "Publication 15, Employer's Tax Guide" by the Internal Revenue Service – IRS.
The employee pays 6.2 percent of the salary or wage, up to $118,500. The employer pays 6.2 percent in Social Security taxes. If you are self-employed, you pay the combined employee and employer amount of 12.4 percent in Social Security taxes on your net earnings. The employee pays 1.45 percent in Medicare taxes on wage. 0.9% is added for the salary portion bigger than $200,000. The employer pays 1.45 percent in Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed, you pay the combined employee and employer amount of 2.9 percent in Medicare taxes on your net earnings. References include the following publications: Employer's Tax Guide; this publication explains employer's tax responsibilities. It explains the requirements for withholding, reporting and correcting employment taxes, it explains the forms any employer must give to its employees, those employees must give to the employer, those employers must send to the IRS and SSA. This guide has tax tables needed to figure the taxes to withhold from each employee.
This publication supplements Employer's Tax Guide. It contains specialized and detailed employment tax information supplementing the basic information provided in Publication 15. Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits; this publication supplements Publication 15, Employer's Tax Guide, Publication 15 – A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. This publication contains information about the employment tax treatment of various types of noncash compensation. In the earlier part we have considered payroll taxes related to employee's side. Now it's the moment to talk about the Employer Payroll Taxes Employers are responsible for paying their portion of payroll taxes; these payroll taxes are an expense above the expense of an employee's gross pay. The employer-portion of payroll taxes include the following: Social Security taxes. You can hear people using FICA in their terminology. FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and the FICA tax consists of both Social Security and Medicare taxes.
As we explained earlier both parties pay half of these taxes. Employees pay half, employers pay the other half. Social Security and Medicare taxes are paid both by the employers. In summary together both halves of the FICA taxes add up to 15.3 percent. Any employer is responsible for paying the employer's share of payroll taxes, for depositing tax withheld from the employees' paychecks, preparing various reconciliation reports, accounting for the payroll expense through their financial reporting, filing payroll tax returns; as you see this suite of employer payroll tax responsibilities is far above issuing paychecks to employees.– Companies generate their payrolls at regular interva
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and is now one of the largest universities in Virginia with an enrollment of 24,670 students for the 2014-2015 academic year, its main campus covers over 251 acres straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont, Highland Park, Lambert's Point five miles from Downtown Norfolk. Old Dominion University is classified among "Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity" and provides nearly $2 billion annually to the regional economy; the university offers 168 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is one of the nation's largest providers of online distance learning courses. Old Dominion University has 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67 countries. Old Dominion University derives its name from one of Virginia's state nicknames, "The Old Dominion", given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.
The foundations of Old Dominion University began in the minds of administrators and officials at the College of William and Mary in the first decades of the twentieth century. Notable among these men were Robert M. Hughes, a member of the Board of Visitors of William and Mary from 1893 to 1917, J. A. C. Chandler, the eighteenth president of that school. In 1924 after becoming the director of the William and Mary extension in Norfolk, Joseph Healy began organizing classes and finding locations for faculty and staff, he along with the collective efforts of Robert M. Hughes, Dr. J. A. C. Chandler, A. H. Foreman, a two-year branch division was established on March 13, 1930. On September 12, 1930, the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary held its first class with 206 students in the old Larchmont School building, an abandoned elementary school on Hampton Boulevard. On September 3, 1930, H. Edgar Timmerman became the Division's first director. "The Division", as it was called, started out in the old Larchmont School building and allowed people with less financial assets to attend a school of higher education for two years.
Tuition for the first year was 50 USD. The following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more known as Virginia Tech, began offering classes at "The Division", expanding the number of courses taught. Old Dominion began educating engineers. Created in the first year of the Great Depression, the college benefited from federal funding as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal; the Public Works Administration provided funds for the Administration Building, now Rollins Hall, Foreman Field, named after A. H. Foreman, an early proponent of the college. In 1932, Lewis Warrington Webb joined the faculty as an instructor of engineering. After serving ten years as an instructor at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, Webb was appointed assistant director in 1942. Webb served as director of the Defense and War Training Program at the college from 1940 to 1944. Through its defense and training classes, the Norfolk Division contributed to the war effort; the program allowed the school to remain open during a period when most young men were serving their country.
The program attracted many women, who learn aircraft repair and other war-related subjects. In 1946, Webb was appointed Director of the Norfolk Division. Webb's dream was to see the Norfolk Division become an independent institution; the two-year Norfolk Division evolved into a four-year institution, Webb saw his dream fulfilled in 1962 when the Norfolk Division gained its independence from William and Mary. On February 16, 1962, the William and Mary system was dissolved under General Assembly legislation, signed by Governor Albertis S. Harrison; that year the Norfolk Division was renamed Old Dominion College. Dr. Webb served as the first president of Old Dominion College from 1962 to 1969. Frank Batten, the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star and member of the Norfolk Division's advisory board, was chosen as the first rector of Old Dominion College on May 27, 1962, he held the position of rector until 1970 and the College of Engineering was named in his honor in 2004. In 1964, the first students lived on campus in the first dormitories and Gresham hall which were names after members of the advisory board.
In 1969, Old Dominion College transitioned to Old Dominion University under the leadership of President James L. Bugg, Jr. During Bugg's tenure the first doctoral programs were established along with a university-wide governance structure in which faculty and students were represented. Bugg reestablished the Army ROTC program, created in 1948 but had been abandoned because of the outbreak of the Korean War. In the 1970s, during the tenure of President Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. Old Dominion began mutual partnerships between regional organizations such as NASA, the U. S. Navy, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University; this was a result of Dr. Rollins goal of becoming the leading educational institution in the Hampton Roads area. Under Rollins, the university expanded its state and private funding, improved student services and introduced an honors program along with many other improvements to the university. In 1971 the university established its own campus police force and hired several police officers to patrol the campus.
In 1977, the Virginia Campus Police Act was made into a law, the university helped train local and campus police officers and the campus police officers were given full police authority on and
The Chicago Sky is an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, playing in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association. The franchise was founded, it is owned by Michael J. Margaret Stender; the team experienced a period of success from 2013 to 2016, making four playoff appearances and playing in the 2014 WNBA Finals. Like some other WNBA teams, the Sky is not affiliated with a National Basketball Association counterpart, although the Chicago Bulls play in the same market. In February 2005, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that Chicago had been awarded a new WNBA franchise; the franchise was temporarily named WNBA Chicago. On May 27, 2005, former NBA player and coach Dave Cowens was announced as the team's first head coach and general manager; the team home would be the UIC Pavilion. The team name and logo for the Chicago Sky were formally debuted on September 20, 2005, at the Adler Planetarium. Team President and CEO Margaret Stender claimed the team colors of yellow and blue represent "A beautiful day in Chicago between the blue sky and bright sunlight to highlight the spectacular skyline."
The team's introduction in Chicago was highlighted by the appearance of several WNBA star players, including 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi, 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year Temeka Johnson, 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year Sue Bird and 2003 WNBA Champion Ruth Riley. In November 2005, the team held an expansion draft to help build its roster of players. Among the notable selections were Brooke Wyckoff from the Connecticut Sun, Bernadette Ngoyisa from the San Antonio Silver Stars, Elaine Powell from the Detroit Shock and Stacey Dales from the Washington Mystics. On February 28, 2006, the team announced that two of the minority shareholders of the team are Michelle Williams, from the vocal group Destiny's Child, Mathew Knowles, father of Destiny's Child lead singer Beyoncé Knowles; the Sky achieved a 5-29 record in its first season, finished last in the Eastern Conference. After the season, Dave Cowens resigned from the Sky to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons. University of Missouri-Kansas City women's head basketball coach Bo Overton was named the Sky's new head coach and general manager on December 12, 2006.
Their WNBA-worst 2006 record of 5–29 gave them the best chance of drawing the top pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. However, the Sky would not draw either of the top two picks, ended up with the third overall pick, which they used to select Armintie Price, they would get the first pick in the dispersal draft of the Charlotte Sting which they used to select Monique Currie. In 2007, the Sky would field a vastly improved team; the core group of players from 2006 along with some new additions helped make the team competitive. The Sky would be Eastern Conference playoff contestants holding the 4th-place position for part of the season, but the Sky finished with a 14 -- 20 record, two games behind the final playoff spot. Guard Armintie Price was named the 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year after the season. On March 12, 2008, the Sky announced that head coach Bo Overton resigned his position of coach/general manager. Assistant coach Steven Key was named head coach/general manager of the Sky; the Sky selected Sylvia Fowles with the second overall pick of the 2008 WNBA Draft.
In the 2008 season, the Sky would once again fail to make the playoffs, posting a 12–22 record, finishing 5th in the East. The Sky's number one pick in the draft Fowles was injured for most of the season. In the off-season, Fowles was selected to play on the United States Olympic team. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics she averaged 13.4 ppg and 8.4 rbg, leading her team to a perfect record and a gold medal. In the 2009 WNBA Draft, the Sky selected point guard Kristi Toliver with the third pick. A standout player from the University of Maryland, Toliver was known for her impressive shooting ability and propensity to produce in critical situations. Never was this more evident than in the 2006 National Championship game when Toliver a freshman, shot a game-tying three-point basket to send the game into overtime against Duke leading to a win and Maryland's first National Championship. In her debut season she averaged 7.6 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game. In the 2009 season, the team had high hopes of reaching the playoffs for the first time.
The Sky would be conference playoff contenders all year long achieving the second-place position in the conference for a small portion of their season. With a record of 16-18, the Sky were again eliminated from playoff contention after being involved in a three-team tiebreaker, with the Washington Mystics winning the breaker; the Sky finished fifth in the Eastern Conference. They only needed to win the last game of the season at home against Detroit, but after being ahead by 14 points at halftime, the Sky fell behind by 18 points to a team that did not need to win this game since their playoff spot was sealed prior to the game. On August 17, 2009, the Sky announced that the team's new home would be Allstate Arena, beginning in the 2010 WNBA season. On September 23, 2009, USA Basketball announced Candice Dupree was one of 14 athletes invited to attend the fall training camp of the U. S. women's national team at American University in Washington. She joined her Sky teammate center Sylvia Fowles, who made the Olympic roster for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Entering the 2010 season, the Sky made some offseason changes. The Sky traded Dupree to the Phoenix Mercury, acquired Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld from the New York Liberty, they traded Kristi Toliver to the Los Angeles
Donna Geils Orender is a sports executive and a former collegiate and professional All Star basketball player. She was president of the Women's National Basketball Association, senior vice president of the PGA. Orender was born in Long Island, New York, grew up in Queens, New York, in Elmont, New York on Long Island, is Jewish, she belonged to a Conservative synagogue. She attended and played basketball for Elmont High School, in Elmont, New York, was a five-sport athlete in high school lettering in field hockey, volleyball and tennis, she graduated from Queens College, City University of New York in 1978 with a degree in psychology, followed by graduate studies in social work at Adelphi University. While at Queens College she was an All-American basketball player. In 1990, she moved from New York to Florida, she is married to M. G. Orender and has four children: Zachary, Jacob and Colleen, her twin sons attended the Martin J. Gottlieb School, a Solomon Schechter school in Jacksonville, participated in the 2013 Maccabiah Games.
She is a member of the Jacksonville Jewish Center. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho. Under the name Donna Geils, Orender played three seasons in the Women's Pro Basketball League, where she was an All-Star, one of only 20 women to play in all three seasons of the league. During that time, she played for the New York Stars, New Jersey Gems, Chicago Hustle. Orender's WBL career is featured in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Basketball League, 1978–1981, by Karra Porter, she competed with Team USA on the Women’s Basketball Team at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Her television production career began as a production assistant at ABC Sports and continued at the Sports Channel. Orender owned her own production company, Primo Donna Productions, she spent 17 years with the PGA Tour and became the senior vice president of Strategic Development in the Office of the Commissioner in 2001. Orender was the original producer of Inside the PGA Tour, she helped negotiate television contracts that quadrupled the Tiger Woods phenomenon to $800 million.
In February 2005, Orender was named the new WNBA president. In December 2005, Fox Sports Network named Orender as the seventh-most-powerful women in sports behind names like Danica Patrick and Sheila Johnson, owner of BET. On December 3, 2010, it was announced that Orender would be stepping down from her post effective December 31, 2010. NBA Vice President Chris Granger was tabbed to replace her on an interim basis until Laurel Richie was the named the new president. Orender was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame's induction class of 2015. List of select Jewish basketball players Leadership Summit WBL