Behind every good team is a good coach and the Atlanta Dream is lucky enough to have Marynell Meadors as theirs.
Meadors has much experience with both professional and Collegiate basketball. To help her make the team as best as can be is also assistant coaches Fred Williams, Sue Panek, and Carol Ross.
Head Coach Marynell Meadors is also the General Manager of the Dream. This is her fourth WNBA coaching position after stints with the Washington Mystics, Miami Sol, and Charlotte Sting. She hopes to turn the team around after having a rookie season that finished with an overall record of 4-30.
Prior to the Dream she helped head coaches Richie Adubato and Tree Rollins to an overall record of 50-52 after three seasons. That season they made a playoff appearance, followed by a season of degression where they had a 0-8 start.
With the Sting, she led the team to the playoffs in its first two seasons. Meador also served as the director of player and staff personnel. At Miami, she was director of scouting, which is where she continued to bring in great players to the program. Before the WNBA, Meadors was head coach at Florida State and Tennessee Tech for a combined 30 years.
During her tenure at the college level, she received numerous awards including six Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year awards and three Metro Conference Coach of the Year awards, and became the first major women’s college coach to win 350 games at one institution (Tennessee Tech).
Fred Williams brings more than 20 years of coaching and scouting expertise to the Dream. Prior to the Dream, he was the head coach of the San Diego Siege, which was part of the National Women’s Basketball League.
In 2006, Williams was named NWBL Coach of the Year and led the Siege to a 15-5 record and championship appearance. His resume also includes coaching experience with the Utah Starzz, USC, and NBA’s Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings.
Sue Panek serves as both an Assistant Coach and Director of Basketball Operations. She has previous experience with the coaching staff of the Washington Mystics and Charlotte Sting. Panek is also familiar with collegiate hoops, as she was an assistant at Florida State University and the University of Maryland.
Carol Ross adds over 20 years of recruiting and collegiate coaching experience. Ross’ specialty is turning programs around and that is evident in her work with the University of Florida. She turned them into a powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference. For her work with the Gators, she was named the 1994 SEC Coach of the Year.
After turning the Gators around, Ross returned to Ole Miss and led the Rebels to postseason play in each of the four seasons at the helm. In sixteen seasons as head coach, Ross has coached in 12 NCAA Tournament and two WNIT’s, posted 20 or more wins in a season eight times, and earned numerous awards.