As the team prepares for its inaugural season playing in the DFW Metroplex, the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, today announced that Head Coach Fred Williams and Assistant Coaches, Ed Baldwin and Bridget Pettis, have agreed to multi-year contract extensions and will be back on the bench in 2016 coaching the young and promising franchise.
Williams served as the Head coach of the Tulsa Shock for the past two seasons, leading the team to its first playoff appearance in 5 years this past season, while managing an injury-plagued roster. A seasoned veteran on the sidelines, Williams spent six seasons coaching the Atlanta Dream, including the final 2 years as the head coach, prior to his role with the Shock and now the Dallas Wings. In Atlanta, he led the Dream to the 2013 WNBA Finals and was an integral member of the coaching staff that led the Dream to five WNBA Playoff appearances in six years.
“After guiding a young and talented, but injury plagued team to the playoffs, I am thrilled the coaching staff remains intact as we prepare for the inaugural season in the DFW Metroplex,” said David Swatzell, President & CEO, Dallas Wings. “The team showed great character and rallied together for a strong finish under Coach Williams’ leadership, and with the coaching staff returning, it should be a very exciting first season for our fans.”
Ed Baldwin will enter his third season on the bench alongside Coach Williams. A highly respected veteran coach, Baldwin came to the WNBA after stints as the Head Coach for the UNC Charlotte women’s basketball team, and an assistant at Ohio State, one of the premier women’s programs in the NCAA.
Additionally, former WNBA player Bridget Pettis, who has been a member of the coaching staff for the past two seasons, will maintain her role as an assistant coach with the Dallas Wings. After a 6-year WNBA career as a player for the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever, Pettis transitioned to the sidelines in 2014, and will now be an integral part of the coaching staff representing the first-ever WNBA team in the DFW Metroplex.
“With the coaching staff returning and the core of the team healthy, I can’t wait for training camp to get started as we prepare to build on the success of last season’s playoff appearance,” said Coach Williams. “Our goal is to take the next step and compete for Championships, and backed by the support of the fans throughout the Metroplex, it’s going to be an exciting season.”
The Dallas Wings will play their home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat arena conveniently located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. Season ticket packages and information about the Dallas Wings can be found at dallaswingsbasketball.com or by calling (817) 469-9464.