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Atlanta Dream hire Tanisha Wright as head coach

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The Atlanta Dream have hired Tanisha Wright as the fifth head coach in franchise history, the organization announced Tuesday.

Wright has over 14 years of experience in the WNBA as both a player and a coach. Most recently, she was an assistant coach with the Las Vegas Aces.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as head coach for the Atlanta Dream, and I’m excited to play a role in building a successful organization centered around the player experience,” Wright said. “I have been part of championship teams and understand what it takes to win in this league. I look forward to bringing my talents to this franchise and helping the Dream achieve success.”

She joins former NFL executive Morgan Shaw Parker, who was named Dream president and COO in September.

“Known for her defensive mindset, emotional intelligence, and grit, we are beyond thrilled that Tanisha Wright is joining the Atlanta Dream,” Dream co-owner and chairman Larry Gottesdiener said. “Tanisha demonstrates a rare depth of character that is inspiring, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact she will have on this team.”

“Words cannot express how excited I am for a rising talent like Tanisha to join the Dream,” team co-owner and vice president Renee Montgomery said. “Tanisha is widely respected across the league, and as with all great leaders, she will set a strong example for our team.”

The news was first reported by Girls Talk Sports TV’s Khristina Williams on Monday. The Dream are also expected to announce their next general manager soon, according to Winsidr. It was reported last week that Gotham FC’s Kristin Bernert is leading that search.

Wright joins the Dream at a tumultuous time after a video last week showed players Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford getting into a fight outside of an Atlanta club in May. Chennedy Carter has also alluded to her frustration with the team in multiple tweets after she was suspended indefinitely in July for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

While Williams and Bradford are unrestricted free agents this offseason, the Dream have not indicated what their plans are with Carter.