Today, the Atlanta Dream front office named Angela Taylor as their new general manager. With Michael Cooper named as head coach of the Dream on November 21st, the only positions left to fill are assistant coaching positions. In addition, Taylor was named as Executive Vice-President of the Dream.
Taylor is currently the owner and president of NetWorks Sports Consulting, a sports and entertainment brand management company. From October 2008 to September 2010, she was the general manager of the Washington Mystics, Taylor and head coach Julie Plank were seen as instrumental in the turn around of the Mystics from a 10-24 record in 2008 to a 16-18 record the following year and a 22-12 record in 2010 where they finished first in the Eastern Conference. However, Taylor was not able to reach an agreement on a new contract with Team President Sheila Johnson and left the Mystics at the end of the 2010 season.
Prior to her tenure with Washington, Taylor was vice president of business operations for the Minnesota Lynx and had worked as the Senior Director of Player Personnel in the WNBA office from 1997 to 2006. However, she has on-the-court experience as a assistant coach at Stanford, Texas A&M and Arizona. She was on the Stanford coaching staff during two back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1996 and 1997.
From the press release:
"We are extremely pleased to bring Angela to the Atlanta Dream as we work to ensure our team has the tools to take our organization to the next level," said Dream co-owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler. "She has tremendous experience at every level of the game in player personnel and basketball operations."
"I am honored to return to the WNBA and contribute to the continued growth of the league as part of the Atlanta Dream," said Taylor. "The Dream is poised to take the next step, and I am eager to begin working toward our goal of bringing a WNBA Championship to the Atlanta community and our Dream fans. I look forward to working with Mary and Kelly, CEO Ashley Preisinger, Coach Michael Cooper and our players on building a championship organization, both on and off the court."
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