Angela Taylor Named President and General Manager of the Dream
ATLANTA, May 19, 2014 — The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today that Angela Taylor, who was announced as the team's Executive Vice President and General Manager on Jan. 21 of this year, has been named the team's President. Taylor, who will also retain her role as General Manager, will oversee the team's business and basketball operations.
In addition, the Dream announced the Michael Douglas has been added to the staff as the team's Head Athletic Trainer.
"Angela's track record of success across business and basketball is unique," said Dream owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler. "We are pleased to elevate Angela to lead the Atlanta Dream and are grateful for her early contributions. We believe the vision, passion and experience she brings will benefit our entire organization."
Before coming to the Dream, Taylor served as Vice-President and General Manager for the Washington Mystics for two seasons (2009-10) and Vice-President of Business Operations for the Minnesota Lynx (2006-08), and is the Owner and President of NetWorks Sports Consulting.
Taylor previously spent 10 seasons with the WNBA League Office based in New York City, most recently as Senior Director, Player Personnel. Prior to joining the WNBA league offices, she served as an assistant coach at Stanford University and Texas A&M University, and also coached at the University of Arizona.
Taylor graduated from Stanford in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and earned her MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business in May 2002. She helped guide the Stanford women's basketball team to two NCAA national championships (1990, 1992), three NCAA Final Fours (1990-92) and one Sweet Sixteen appearance (1993), while serving as a co-captain for the 1992-93 squad.
In 2006, Taylor co-founded The CHANCE Foundation, an organization whose mission is to Create Hope and Access for our Nation's Children through Education.
Douglas joins the Dream after spending the past three seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA's Development League, while also serving as the President of the NBA D-League's Athletic Trainer Association. Prior to his stint in Santa Cruz, Douglas spent three seasons with the D-League's Reno Bighorns, and had also previously worked with the D-League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
Douglas also spent time as the Athletic Trainer for Men's Basketball for N.J.I.T., and was Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer for the WNBA's Houston Comets in 2007. He also spent three seasons as the Memphis Grizzlies Assistant Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Assistant and Equipment Manager, after serving as Head Trainer in the International Basketball League.
Douglas worked four seasons as an intern with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, as a Graduate Assistant at Morehouse College, and a Student Assistant with USA Women's Basketball during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Douglas holds a Bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Morehouse College and a Master's degree in exercise physiology from Life University, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Athletic Training from the University of Idaho. He is also an Officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its seventh season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2014 season are now available and can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, against the Indiana Fever at 6 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found atwww.wnba.com/dream/schedule.