Vickie Johnson breaks WNBA history with becoming the first HC African American woman to coach
Dallas- On Wednesday, the Dallas Wings made it official with Vickie Johnson being the head coach for the franchise .
Johnson who was drafted by the New York Liberty in 1997 and played eight seasons with the franchise. From 2006-2009, she played for the San Antonio Silver Star and retired to pursue her dream of coaching.
In 2011, Johnson was hired by the Silver Stars as an assistant coach. She served in that role for seven years before spending one year as the head coach in San Antonio. After the Silver Stars relocated to Las Vegas in 2018, Johnson was retained as an assistant coach with the Aces.
With a lackluster season for the Wings this season being 8-14, Dallas decided to release Brian Agler of his duties. After having an interview with Johnson, the Wings felt like Johnson could be the change that they needed. ”President & CEO Greg Bibb had this to say about Johnson in a media conference. “We conducted a competitive search process and we were diligent in how we approached this important hire. While there were a number of highly qualified and impressive finalists for the position, it became clear Vickie was the right person to lead our team moving forward.”
“I’m really excited about Coach Johnson coming on board,” Dallas Wings guard and 2020 WNBA leading scorer Arike Ogunbowale stated. “She has a great reputation and it will be exciting to be coached by someone who played in the WNBA. We’re a young team, and I know I’m looking forward to her leadership.”
Johnson is very optimistic about the team and is excited to coach the Wings.