Williams named coach and GM of Dream

Longtime assistant Fred Williams has been named coach and general manager of the Dream.

Williams has served as interim coach since Marynell Meadors was fired in late August. He signed a one-year contract with the Dream holding the option of a one-year extension. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” he said. “I’ve been here from the start of the organization and have helped build the organization to where it is today.”

Williams, who has been on staff since the team was started play in 2008, led them to an 8-5 record, which included a 2-1 series loss to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Dream, which lost in the WNBA finals each of the previous two years, finished 19-15.

Williams has been a head coach on the college level (USC) and pro level (WNBA’s Utah Starzz, NWBL’s San Diego).

He said he doesn’t plan on changing the team’s philosophy. He wants them to continue to push the pace.

He also plans on keeping the core of the team together, which includes Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry has denied that a rift had developed between she and Meadors, which may have led to Meadors’ dismissal.

– Doug Roberson, AJC.

6 comments Add your comment

HoopDreams

December 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

HoopDreams

December 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Since this was posted at 12:48PM and I’m the first to comment at 4:55pm — does this tell you something about how the fans of ATL care/don’t care about sports unless it is the Dawgs, Braves or Falcons?

Good luck FRED!!! WNBA is very competitive and I hope that fans start to respond and attend games.

steve brown

December 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

Sad to see they are still going on the cheap. The same person as a GM and Coach seldom works out for an organization and for obvious reasons.

Felix

December 3rd, 2012
5:37 pm

The Dream? Never heard of ‘em.

JSS

December 3rd, 2012
6:13 pm

Meadors was a fine GM, she pulled together finally tight rosters and knew when to cut bait (Holdsclaw)… Fred’s got to get a defensive assistant that can that backcourt and the remaining players to buy to playing perimeter defense… Otherwise, they will be early exit with amount strength in the East…

BasketballTopFan

December 3rd, 2012
9:45 pm

Basketball Top Fan would like to congratulate Fred Williams on his new position as Head Coach and General Manager of the Atlanta Dream (WNBA) basketball team.

We wish you good luck and success !!!