Here's my take on the 8 coaches: Atlanta - Tom Stone - Has had his team in the playoffs three straight seasons! - must be doing something right. Even though he's a screamer - he seems to know how to motivate. Knows how to pick really good players also. However, his team is not peaking at the right time, which is NOW. Boston - Pia Sundhage - Probably the best coach in the league overall. Made Philadelphia a beast, and now Boston. Did exactly what she said she would do, make their defense better, without sacrificing offense. She's a real teacher of the game! Carolina - Jay Entlich - Poor Carolina - went from lousy, to great, to bad luck! I see that Carolina did not renew his contract. Don't know the story there, but with the injuries, it can't be entirely his fault. New York - Tom Sermanni - I think this guy did a great job. He made a team that everyone wanted to play last year into one everyone was concerned about playing this year. Even though they didn't make the playoffs they were a team to be feared. Had Tiffeny had a better year and if Christie Welsh had been healthy all season, things may have been different. BTW - as has already been said elsewhere, Shannon Boxx should be on the WNT, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Philadelphia - Mark Krikorian - What can you say, he was snakebit. No team could have endured the losses they did without paying for it. It was obvious esp. when some of his team started coming back from injuries they started knocking off good teams! He has a knack for picking good players also! San Diego - Omid Namazi - Well, he got them to the playoffs, and their best record so far. Yet, something is missing here. He's got the (supposed) talent (at least on paper) to win it all. Maybe the fact he hasn't coached women before DID play a part. Wagner didn't have the season everyone thought she would have (when everyone suggested she would likely be MVP material). Reality set in. San Jose - Ian Sawyers - What's up with this team? Is it the players, the coach, both? With their personnel you'd think they'd be contenders, but no! Maybe he's not a motivator. Pretinha's injury did hurt them, but not to the extent of other teams. Maybe the Brazilians aren't as good as everyone thinks?! Washington - Jim Gabarra - Can't really say anything good about this guy. Sorry, but he seems to be the most non-communicative, blaming, non-teaching coach in the league. He's got great players he doesn't use, or know how to use. Doesn't seem to know when or how to substitute and uses screwy patterns. Apparently is not much of a motivator either, considering the last two game slide. Well, with that said, my pick for coach of the year is Pia Sundhage - but, only if Boston wins, which they may well do. If it's Atlanta, Tom Stone has to get the nod. If for some reason San Diego or Washington wins, it won't be because of the coach. Other thoughts out there?