Frank Layden is the new coach of the Utah Starzz of the WNBA.

He was announced as, "In my mind, the best coach in the world," by Starzz director of basketball operations Scott Layden, Frank's son, at a hastily called news conference Monday at noon in the Delta Center.The first announcement of the day was, of course, that Denise Taylor has been relieved of her coaching duties after compiling a 6-13 record this season and 13-34 record in the Starzz' two seasons. Fred Williams, her hand-picked assistant, will remain on the Starzz staff.

Frank Layden said he had wondered about the WNBA when it was brought to Utah. "I was skeptical when I came here 20 years ago, too," said the former Utah Jazz coach and team president.

"But the more I was around the women and saw of the game, I said, `You know, I like it.' I see history being made. I'v always been an advocate of women in sports," Layden said.

He said he resigned as Jazz coach 10 years ago out of fear for his health. He has, however, lost a tremendous amount of weight and adopted a healthy lifestyle and says not coaching had created "a void in my life."

Layden stressed that this is not an interim position and that he intends to keep coaching.