Marynell Meadors was named head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Dream in November. Since then, the veteran college and professional coach has been busy assembling the new expansion team and readying it for the upcoming season, which opens in May.
Meadors offers her five tips on what it takes to successfully launch a WNBA franchise:
1. Great expectations. You must bring a positive attitude to work every day because you are working at the highest level in women’s basketball. Starting from the ground and working to opening tip-off takes a lot of hard work and dedication to your goals.
2. Opportunity. Our owner, Ron Terwilliger, has a passion for the game, for women’s sports and for the success of our team and franchise. He wants to give Atlanta an opportunity to support women’s professional basketball the same way Atlanta supported our USA Olympic team in 1996.
3. Hard work. It is very difficult to be an expansion team. Most of the other teams in the league, with the exception of Chicago, have been around from five to 11 years and during this time, their rosters have developed into very solid teams.
4. Confidence. You must have in depth knowledge of how franchises work and years of watching players during their collegiate careers and in the WNBA. You have to know how they can play and how they perform in pressure situations. You must have knowledge of their work habits.
5. Adversity. You must be able to handle adversity and criticism. You will not make everyone happy.
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