Dallas Wings to Hire Vickie Johnson, Will Be WNBA's Only Black Female Head Coach
WNBA's Dallas Wings Hiring Vickie Johnson Will Be WNBA's Only Black Female Head Coach
12/3/2020 3:36 PM PT
Vickie Johnson has reportedly accepted the head coaching job for the Dallas Wings -- ending the WNBA's year-long drought without a Black woman in a head coaching position.
Johnson has head coaching experience -- she led the San Antonio Stars back in 2017, before the team moved to Las Vegas and hired Bill Laimbeer to run the team.
She's served as an assistant coach with the Stars under Laimbeer ever since.
But now, 48-year-old Johnson will take over in Dallas for Brian Agler -- who was fired back in October after the team went 8-14 in 2020, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
Johnson was a pretty solid player back in the day -- she was the 2nd-round pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft and was a 2-time All-Star before retiring in 2009.
The WNBA did NOT have a single Black woman as a head coach during the 2020 season, which has raised eyebrows considering an overwhelming majority of the players in the league are Black women.
In fact, of the 144 players in the league in 2019, 127 reportedly identified as Black or women of color, according to SB Nation.
Johnson has some talent in Dallas -- including All-WNBA 1st team point guard Arike Ogunbowale ... the 5th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. Plus, Satou Sabally made the 2020 All-Rookie team.