The Atlanta Dream of the WNBA have announced the hiring of former Penn State women's basketball player Tanisha Wright as the franchise's seventh head coach.
Wright starred for the Lady Lions from 2001-2005, averaging 14.9 points and 3.6 assists per game. She was a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Penn State and was named a First-Team USBWA All-American.
Its an honor to be chosen as head coach for the Atlanta Dream, and Im excited to play a role in building a successful organization centered around the player experience.— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) October 12, 2021
Welcome to the Dream, Head Coach Tanisha Wright!
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Selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft, Wright went on to play 14 years in the league, playing for the Seattle Storm, New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx. She won the WNBA title with the Storm in 2010.
After retiring in 2019, Wright joined the Las Vegas Aces as an assistant coach, a role she held each of the past two seasons. The Aces made it all the way to the WNBA Finals in 2020, with a semifinals appearance in 2021.