I’ve been talking about the Atlanta Dream’s miraculous turnaround for the entire 2009 WNBA season. Talk about amazing? The Dream went from a horrible 4-30 record last season to a respectable 18-16 record season. They were second in the Eastern Conference and earn a well-deserved spot in the playoffs.
You can ask for much better coaching than that.
That is exactly why Marynell Meadors received the 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year Award. She already had a wealth of coaching experience under her belt (35 years worth) when she was named head coach of the Atlanta Dream for their inaugural season. One year (and a complete roster overhaul) later, it’s clear that the Dream have a bright future in Atlanta.
“This season was just awesome. I loved coaching this team,” Meadors said, according to ESPN.com. “They came in from day one and played as hard as they could play, and I thought `Wow, this is going to be something special,’ and it certainly was.”
Dream starter and standout, Angel McCoughtry was also named 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
The 14-win turnaround is the second-best in WNBA history.