ATLANTA DREAM SIGNS ASSISTANT COACH FRED WILLIAMS TO CONTRACT 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 teams success.
Williams has been a member of the coaching staff since the Dreams 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 Womens 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 NBAs Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. In addition to his professional experience, Williams served as the womens 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 Womens Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Pamela McGee.
The Atlanta Dream tips off its fifth season in May at Philips Arena as part of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league. The Dream is the defending two-time, back-to-back Eastern Conference Champion.