Dec. 12, 2007
The Atlanta WNBA franchise has named Marynell Meadors as the first Head Coach and General Manager in the team’s history, it was announced today. As one of the eight original head coaches in WNBA history (Charlotte Sting, 1997-1999), this is the second time that Meadors has been tapped to coach a WNBA team during its inaugural season.
“I have said from day one that my goal as a WNBA owner is to start a tradition of success in Atlanta and Marynell has repeatedly proven herself to be a winner. We feel fortunate that she has agreed to lead this team from the idea stage to the basketball court,” said Ron Terwilliger, owner of Atlanta’s WNBA franchise. “Now that we have Marynell on board, we can start preparing for the draft and putting together a team Atlanta can be proud of.”
Meadors takes the helm of the yet-to-be-named team with a lifetime of experience working in professional and collegiate women’s basketball. Atlanta will be her fourth stop in the WNBA. She entered the league in its inaugural season as the Head Coach and General Manager of the now-defunct Sting and led the team to playoff appearances in each of its first two seasons. In 1999, Meadors joined the Miami Sol for one season as director of scouting. Most recently, she was an assistant coach with the Mystics from 2005-2007.
“Coaching basketball has been my passion for nearly four decades and I’m grateful to once again have the opportunity to be a WNBA Head Coach and General Manager,” said Meadors. “Starting a franchise certainly has its challenges but my experience with the Sting and the Miami Sol tells me that success is possible from the very beginning. We have a lot of work in front of us and a short period of time to get it done. With the 4th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, as well as the expansion draft and a good mix of free agents, we have the opportunity to assemble a very talented team. I look forward to working with Ron and our entire organization to deliver an exciting and successful inaugural season.”
In addition to her WNBA experience, Meadors has made her mark in the collegiate ranks. She was the first ever coach of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, where she won 363 games including four Ohio Valley Conference Championships and two Metro Conference Championships in 20 years. Following Tennessee Tech, she held the top coaching position at Florida State for 10 seasons highlighted by the Seminoles’ run into the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1991. She has more than 500 wins at the collegiate level and is the winningest coach in Charlotte Sting history. In between her stints with the Miami Sol and Washington Mystics, Meadors worked as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh for two seasons.
The Atlanta WNBA team will begin play in 2008 at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta.