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Dream hire Julie Plank as assistant coach

The Atlanta Dream announced the hiring of former Washington Mystics coach Julie Plank as an assistant as well as the return of Joe Ciampi.

Mystics Hiring Process Could Send The Wrong Message To Fans

I was just as baffled as anyone else by the Washington Mystics announcement that they had parted ways with Julie Plank and promoted assistant Trudi Lacey to coach and general manager. And that's not the message the Mystics want to send.

Dishin & Swishin: Dr. Johnson Hands the Mystics to Trudi Lacey

This afternoon a press conference was held by Dr. Sheila Johnson, owner of the Washington Mystics, announcing the hiring of Trudi Lacey as the Coach and General Manager of the franchise. It was quite a press conference, at times confusing, and always intriguing.

Mystics Promote Trudi Lacey To GM...And Coach

In yet another surprising twist this off-season, the Washington Mystics have chosen to part ways with Coach of the Year candidate Julie Plank and promote Trudi Lacey to the dual role of coach and general manager. "We appreciate the patience of our fans as we moved through this process. We were in discussion with Julie about a joint gm/coach role as well as our philosophy moving forward. Julie only wanted to coach the team and both sides agreed to part ways. I am excited to have Trudi Lacey as our general manager and head coach. Nothing against Lacey, but what makes this so surprising is not only that Plank was a strong Coach of the Year candidate - and in fact had a strong case over coach Brian Agler, despite the Seattle Storm's historic success - but that the Plank - Angela Taylor combo had so quickly revitalized an organization that had struggled for so long. We wish Lacey the best of luck in continuing that success. Update from @DishNSwish: "It's all about the money. Doc J saying we "weren't successful on the business side"

WNBA End Of Season Awards: Where Value Is Defined By Unbelievability

Sometimes, end of season awards come down to a matter of basketball common sense: who would you stop an unbelievable player?

Who Should Be the WNBA Coach of the Year?

Who was the best coach during the WNBA regular season in 2010? How is a team influenced by its coach?

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