Dream's Meadors Added to USAB's Coaching Staff
Marynell Meadors joins the staff of UConn head coach Geno Auriemma

ATLANTA, April 12, 2010 - The Atlanta Dream announced today that Marynell Meadors, head coach and general manager has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2010 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team. The selection of Meadors, who previously coached three USA Basketball teams, was made by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Steering Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

Meadors, who will join the USA National Team in its spring training in Hartford and Storrs, Conn., April 13-18, will assist USA Basketball Women's National Team and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma during the USA's training camps leading up to and during the 2010 FIBA World Championship, scheduled to be played Sept. 23 - Oct. 3 in the Czech Republic.

"It's going to be an awesome experience," said Meadors, the 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year. "I've worked with USA Basketball in the past, but not recently. To have an opportunity to be able to work with this staff and also the USA National Team players is going to be incredible. I can't wait to share in those opportunities.

"I think we've put together a pretty good staff that's pretty diverse in their experiences," said Auriemma. "Marynell just adds to that. She's been involved at every level of basketball, from the NCAA to the WNBA, from the beginning of the WNBA to today. She's certainly done an incredible job in Atlanta from taking that franchise from birth to playoffs.

A five-year WNBA head coach, Meadors has spent the last two seasons (2008-09) as head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Dream, where she orchestrated the second-best turnaround in league history. The Dream in its inaugural season in 2008 finished with a 4-30 mark, but after making some off-season trades and drafting eventual 2009 Rookie of the Year McCoughtry, Atlanta posted an 18-18 mark and earned a 2009 playoff berth. For her efforts, she earned the 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year award.

In all, Meadors is a 36-year coaching veteran who got her start at Tennessee Tech in 1970-71. She spent 26 years as a collegiate head coach, 16 at Tennessee Tech (1970-71 through 1985-86) and 10 seasons at Florida State University (1986-87 through 1995-96), and guided her teams to a 495-297 record for a 62.5 winning percentage. At Tennessee Tech, where she never posted a losing season and compiled 20 or more victories in 13 seasons, Meadors was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year.