The Dallas Wings have opted to not exercise the team option on the contract of Head Coach Vickie Johnson, the team announced today.
A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
“While our organization has taken steps forward this season, at this time I believe a change provides our team with the best opportunity to achieve our long-term foals of advancing in the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA Championship,” Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated.
During her two year stint, Coach Johnson posted a team record of 32-36 and lead the Wings to two straight playoff appearances.
Johnson also led the Wings to their first .500 or better season since relocating to Dallas in 2016 and their first playoff win since 2009. Dallas was 1-3 in postseason play under Johnson.
In Vickie Johnson’s first season (2021), Dallas lost to the eventual championship Chicago Sky in a single elimination first round game.
In year two, the Wings played in their first ever home playoff game since moving the franchise to Dallas. The league expanded to a best-of-three format in the opening round, however Dallas ultimately fell short to the Connecticut Sun in three games.
Despite their most successful season in Dallas, the ultimate goal is a WNBA championship. With the success under Coach Johnson, the belief is that a new coach is the next step toward that highly coveted WNBA title.
This news comes a day after the Las Vegas Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Finals.
Dallas joins the Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever in a head coaching search leading into the 2023 season