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Fred Williams hired to coach Tulsa Shock


Fred Williams led the Atlanta Dream to the WNBA Finals last year before they fell to the Minnesota Lynx.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The Shock hired Fred Williams as head coach Thursday, bringing in the former Atlanta Dream coach to turn around Tulsa's fortunes.

Williams replaces Gary Kloppenburg, who was dismissed after compiling a 20-47 record the past two years. Nolan Richardson was the Shock's first coach after the team moved from Detroit to Tulsa.

Last year, the Dream were 17-17 in the regular season and reached the WNBA Finals before falling to the Minnesota Lynx.

Williams is 58-55 as head coach and 5-6 in the postseason. He came to the Dream in the team's first season in 2008 after previously serving as head coach of the Utah Starzz and assistant coach of the Charlotte Sting.

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