Wright will be the fifth full-time head coach in franchise history and the fourth coach to lead the team in the last six months. Nicki Collen left in early May to replace Kim Mulkey at Baylor, and interim coach Mike Petersen stepped down in July for health reasons. Darius Taylor had served most recently as interim coach as the Dream finished out an 8-24 season.
Wright, 37, played 14 seasons in the WNBA before becoming a coach. She spent the last two seasons with the Aces, who lost to the Mercury in Game 5 of the semifinals on Friday.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
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