DREAM SIGNS HEAD COACH MARYNELL MEADORS TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
--Dream extends contracts of Meadors and assistant coaches--

ATLANTA, January 24, 2011— The Atlanta Dream announced today the team has signed Head Coach & General Manager Marynell Meadors and assistant coaches Carol Ross and Fred Williams to contract extensions.

““One of our top priorities this offseason was to ensure we kept our coaching staff intact,” said Dream President and COO Toby Wyman. “Marynell has quickly turned the Atlanta Dream into a championship contender and we look forward to continuing our success under her leadership.”

In two seasons together as a coaching staff, Meadors, Ross and Williams have led the Dream to back-to-back playoff appearances and an Eastern Conference championship. With the extension, Meadors is signed through 2013 and Ross and Williams are extended through 2012. Per team policy, further terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

““I’m proud to be part of the Atlanta Dream organization and am extremely pleased we were able to extend the contracts of Carol and Fred, two high-caliber and experienced coaches that have been an integral part of our franchise’s success,” said Meadors. “We have built a great foundation here at the Dream and we are excited about the opportunity that lies in front of us.”

Meadors was announced as the franchise’s first head coach on November 28, 2007. After finishing 4-30 as an expansion team in 2008, Meadors led the Dream to the playoffs the following season and was named the 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year. The Dream finished the regular season with a record of 18-16, completing the second greatest single season turnaround in WNBA history. In 2010, the Dream claimed the Eastern Conference Championship and advanced to the WNBA Finals in just the franchise’s third season. Under the guidance of Meadors, the Dream set a franchise record for wins with a regular season record of 19-15, and swept the first two rounds of the playoffs before falling to the Seattle Storm in the championship.

As General Manager, Meadors has successfully transformed the Dream into a championship contender by acquiring key talent. Her most notable acquisitions include drafting 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year Angel McCoughtry with the first overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft and bringing six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw out of retirement to play in 2009. In three seasons with the Dream, she has produced four first-time WNBA All-Stars-- Iziane Castro Marques, Erika de Souza, Sancho Lyttle and Angel McCoughtry.

Meadors arrived in Atlanta after three years as an assistant with the Washington Mystics where she helped guide the team to a playoff appearance in 2006. Meadors has also served as the head coach and general manager of the Charlotte Sting and the director of scouting for the Miami Sol. Prior to her experience in the WNBA, the Tennessee native coached for a combined 26 years at Florida State University and Tennessee Tech University. Most recently, Meadors served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball under Geno Auriemma, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Ross joined the Dream’s coaching staff prior to the start of the 2009 season. In two seasons since joining the staff, she has helped the Dream to two consecutive playoff berths and an Eastern Conference title. Prior to joining the Dream, Ross developed a reputation at the collegiate level for turning programs around. She spent her first 12 seasons as a head coach at the University of Florida, where she finished as the winningest coach in school history (247-121). After revitalizing the Florida program, she returned to her alma mater, the University of Mississippi, where she led the Rebels to postseason play in each of her four seasons at the helm. In sixteen seasons as a head coach, Ross coached in 12 NCAA tournaments, posted eight 20+ win seasons and earned numerous accolades including the 1994 SEC Coach of the Year and finalist for the 2001 and 2002 Naismith National Coach of the Year.

Williams has been part of the Dream’s coaching staff since the team’s inaugural season in 2008. In this role, Williams also oversees the team’s player development and advance scouting. Prior to joining the Dream staff, Williams served as a head coach for the San Diego Siege (National Women’s Basketball League) and Utah Starzz (WNBA), and as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Sting (WNBA). He also served as an advance scout for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. In addition to his professional experience, Williams spent 10 years coaching at the University of Southern California as an assistant coach under Cheryl Miller (1983-1990) and as head coach (1995-1997). Williams has coached WNBA legends including Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson.

The Dream tips off its fourth season this summer at Philips Arena as part of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the world’s longest-running women’s professional sports league. The defending Eastern Conference Champions begin play at home on June 5 against the New York Liberty. For ticket information, visit www.AtlantaDream.net or call 1-877-977-7729.