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Kristi Toliver hired by Washington Wizards as assistant coach

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Former Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver is starting her climb through the coaching ranks. After helping coach the Washington Wizards summer league team this summer, head coach Scott Brooks announced Tuesday that Toliver will join the staff as an assistant coach for player development.

Toliver currently plays point guard for the Washington Mystics, and will be the first active WNBA player to serve as an assistant coach. She’ll be the third female assistant coach in the league, joining the Spurs’ Becky Hammon and the Mavericks’ Jenny Boucek.

According to the Wizards, Toliver has been working with the team on ball handling and has also coached the Wizards during five-on-five drills.

The new job continues what’s been quite the year for Toliver. This summer, she averaged a career-high 13.9 points per game and was named to her second All-Star team while helping lead the Washington Mystics to the WNBA Finals.

Toliver will not be the only person connected to Maryland women’s basketball on the Wizards staff. Former practice player and coaching intern Ryan Richman was promoted from player development coordinator to assistant coach, and former assistant coach David Adkins is on the player development staff. Also making the jump to the NBA is former assistant Terry Nooner, who be on the sideline for the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending the past three years as an assistant for the Terps.

The NBA season kicked off Tuesday night, and the Wizards tip off their season Thursday against the Miami Heat.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball hosted media day at Xfinity Center, and you can watch Mark Turgeon’s press conference here. We’ll have more coverage throughout the week and as the season gets closer, so stay tuned.

The night before talking with the media, the team brought back the Midnight Mile.

Top recruit Jalen Smith is flying under the radar, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.

Parents of some “major contributors” for Maryland football don’t want DJ Durkin to return.

Our weekly outlook on Maryland football looks at why beating Rutgers easy, and beating Iowa will be the opposite.

A fifth-minute goal from Paul Bin was all Maryland men’s soccer needed to upset No. 7 Denver last night. The win’s a big boost for the Terps potential NCAA Tournament resume.

Top 100 Inside Lacrosse Class of 2020 recruit and defenseman Ajax Zappitello committed to Maryland men’s lacrosse. He’s the 10th commit in the class and third since Sept. 1, when coaches were permitted to contact recruits from the Class of 2020 for the first time since the new recruiting rules went into place.