Williams Signs Extension


- Williams signs extension through 2013 season -

ATLANTA, January 6, 2012  The Atlanta Dream announced today the team has signed Assistant Coach Fred Williams to a contract extension through the 2013 season.

Fred has been a tremendous asset to our franchise since the start, said Atlanta Dream Head Coach and General Manager Marynell Meadors. His coaching experience in combination with his expertise in scouting and player development has made him extremely valuable to our organization. I look forward to continuing to work together as we build on our teams success.

Williams has been a member of the coaching staff since the Dreams inaugural season in the WNBA in 2008. In four seasons in Atlanta, Williams has helped the Dream to three postseason appearances and back-to-back Eastern Conference championships.

Prior to joining the Dream staff, Williams served as a head coach for the San Diego Siege (National Womens Basketball League) and Utah Starzz (WNBA), and as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Sting (WNBA). He also served as an advance scout for the NBAs Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. In addition to his professional experience, Williams served as the womens basketball head coach at the University of Southern California (1995-1997). He previously served 10 seasons at USC as an assistant coach, including two seasons as Associate Head Coach alongside Cheryl Miller (1993-1995). Williams helped guide the Lady Trojans to the 1984 NCAA championship, five Pacific-10 Conference titles and nine NCAA tournament appearances.

Williams has coached WNBA legends including Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson and Womens Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Pamela McGee.

The Atlanta Dream tips off its fifth season in May at Philips Arena as part of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league. The Dream is the defending two-time, back-to-back Eastern Conference Champion.