Previous coach Katie Smith's contract wasn't renewed after the season ended in September. The team has the first pick in the WNBA draft in April and most likely will select Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu.
This will be the first coaching hire for the Liberty under owner Joe Tsai's group, which bought the team last year. Tsai also owns the Brooklyn Nets. Hopkins has been an assistant for the Lynx for since 2017. Before his time with Minnesota, Hopkins was the academic coach at Cal. He previously was director of basketball operations and player development for the Tulsa Shock.