Coach Bio

Joe Ciampi
College - Mansfield
Joe Ciampi is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Dream. Ciampi has three decades of coaching experience and is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Ciampi spent 27 years as a head coach at the collegiate level for Auburn University and the U.S. Military Academy, posting an overall record of 607-213 (.740 winning percentage). He registered 20+ win seasons 19 times during his coaching career and received both National Coach of the Year (1987, 1989, 1993) and SEC Coach of the Year (1985, 1988, 1989) honors three times. In 25 seasons at Auburn University, Ciampi guided the Tigers to 16 NCAA appearances, including three consecutive trips to the national championship game in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He led Auburn to the 2003 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) championship, four Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season titles (1981, 1987, 1988, 1989) and four SEC Tournament titles (1981, 1987, 1990, 1997). Under Ciampi’s leadership, Auburn players gained All-SEC honors 39 times and Academic All-SEC honors 30 times. Ciampi coached multiple players that excelled at the international level, including U.S. Olympians Ruthie Bolton, Carolyn Jones and Vickie Orr and he also coached current Dream player Le’Coe Willingham. Prior to taking the head coach position at Auburn in 1979, Ciampi spent two seasons as head coach of the U.S. Military Academy. Ciampi also currently serves as a color commentator for Comcast Sports South, covering SEC women’s basketball. He has spent time as a consultant to multiple Division I women’s basketball teams.

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2014 WNBA Draft Bus Q and A

Chelsea Gray leads an entertaining Q and A on the bus with fellow members of her draft class.

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Chiney Ogwumike amd Odyssey Sims share a moment of excitement after their 2014 WNBA Draft experience.

WNBA Draft: Pick 11

The Connecticut Sun select Chelsea Gray from Duke University with the eleventh pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.