College - Ohio State
Julie Plank is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Dream. Plank served as head coach of the Washington Mystics during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, guiding the Mystics to a 38-30 record. In 2010, she led the team to a franchise-best 22-12 record, and a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference for the only time in the teamís 15-year history. Plank brings 25 years of coaching experience to the Dream, including 11 seasons in the WNBA. Prior to her stint with the Mystics, she spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach at Minnesota, and was assistant coach and director of scouting for eight seasons with the Indiana Fever, helping the team to four playoff appearances including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals. Plank also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Womenís National Team from 1999 through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and helped lead the U.S. to gold medal victories in the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Plankís coaching career includes 10 years (1986-95) alongside Tara VanDerveer at Stanford University, where she assisted the Cardinal to eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments (1988-1995), four Final Four appearances (1990-92, 1995) and two NCAA championships (1990, 1992). Plank also served as the lead assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 1997-99 and oversaw the schoolís recruiting and scouting efforts. In 1998, she was ranked the fifth-best NCAA Division 1 assistant coach in the nation by Womenís Basketball Journal. Plank began her coaching career in 1984 at Capital University in Ohio. She spent two years as an assistant coach, helping Capital to a 39-8 record (.809). Overall, she has helped three different NCAA womenís basketball programs to a 343-104 record (.767). A native of Columbus, Ohio, Plank attended Ohio State University where she was a three-year starter at point guard and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 23-5 record and the Universityís first Big Ten Conference womenís basketball title in 1983.