Coach Bio

Julie Plank
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 team’s 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. Women’s 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. Plank’s 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 school’s recruiting and scouting efforts. In 1998, she was ranked the fifth-best NCAA Division 1 assistant coach in the nation by Women’s 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 women’s 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 University’s first Big Ten Conference women’s basketball title in 1983.

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Video

Odyssey Sims Career-High

Odyssey Sims goes for a career-high 39 points in the Shocks game versus the Stars.

Skylar Diggins Career-High

Skylar Diggins scores a career-high 34 points in the Shocks game versus the Stars.

Sky vs. Fever

Sylvia Fowles scores 21 points and pulls down 10 rebounds to lead the Sky to a 60-57 victory over the Fever.

Shock vs. Stars

Kayla McBride scores 23 points and the Stars overcome career-highs by Sims and Diggins to beat Tulsa 95-93.

Mercury vs. Storm

Diana Taurasi scores 22 points to lead the Mercury to their 13th straight win and clinch a playoff berth with an 89-71 victory over the Storm.