Dream coach Wright, GM Padover get 5-year extensions

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Dream made long-term commitments to their management team by giving coach Tanisha Wright and general manager Dan Padover five-year contract extensions on Tuesday.

The extension carry through the 2027 season.

Wright was named AP Coach of the Year following her first season in Atlanta. The Dream finished 14-22 after winning only eight games in 2021.

"We are essentially building the Atlanta Dream from scratch, and that takes time," primary Dream owner Larry Gottesdiener said in a statement released by the team. "What Tanisha and Dan accomplished with this team in less than a year is extraordinary, and is something that should put the sports world on notice of exciting things to come from our franchise."

Padover made a trade which gave the team the No. 1 selection in the WNBA draft, with which the Dream took Rhyne Howard, who was named rookie of the year and an All-Star.

"I feel extremely blessed to partner with an organization that has a long-term perspective, is willing to invest heavily, and honors the work that Dan and I are doing to build an organization in the right way" Wright said. "Our staff and players set a foundation last year and knowing that ownership trusts us to accomplish the goals that we have all set is exciting."

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Updated December 20, 2022

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