After losing their eighth-straight game on Sunday, the Dallas Wings have relieved Fred Williams of his head coaching duties. Taj McWilliams-Franklin will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018 WNBA season.
McWilliams-Franklin served in the position of assistant coach since 2017.
The move comes after the eighth-seeded Wings, struggling to hang on to the final playoff spot, lost their eighth game in row to the Washington Mystics.
Dallas Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb issued the following statement:
“Following today’s game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head coaching position. I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked Taj to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship.”
Today’s loss put the Wings’ playoff hopes in jeopardy. With the eight losses, plus the Las Vegas Aces returning to winning form, Dallas is now just one game ahead of the Aces in the standings.