ARLINGTON, Texas — Latricia Trammell has already accomplished much as a player and coach at the high school and collegiate levels.
However, after five years as a WNBA assistant, the Claremore native is ready for her next challenge, as the new head coach of the Dallas Wings.
Trammell was officially introduced as the Wings new head coach on Friday at Texas Live!, an entertainment district next to Globe Life Field, home of baseball’s Texas Rangers and a few miles from College Park Center, the college arena at Texas-Arlington the Wings call home.
“This is an honor and a privilege to be sitting here as the next head coach for the Dallas Wings. I want to thank [owner] Bill Cameron and [president] Greg Bibb for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a dynamic and very talented team,” Trammell said. “I do want to send my love and gratitude to the Los Angeles Sparks for letting me be a part of their family for the last four seasons.”
Between 2010 and 2015, the Wings were the Tulsa Shock before relocating to the Dallas area after the 2015 season. Trammell, who spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks following a one-year stay in San Antonio, has known Wings president Greg Bibb for several years, so when the job came open after the team relieved Vickie Johnson of her duties as head coach after Dallas lost in the opening round of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs, Trammell immediately became a top candidate.
“Coach Trammell has won at all levels of basketball, brings tremendous WNBA experience,” Bibb said. “Coach Trammell has built a reputation as a tremendous communicator who builds meaningful bonds with her players, her staff, and her colleagues. I believe this is not just a job, this is a destination, and this is not only a place to be, but the only place to be.”
Trammell inherits a Wings team which went 18-18 in 2022 and lost 2-1 in a first-round best-of-three playoff series to Connecticut. However, it’s talented roster headlined by Arike Ogunbowale, a two-time WNBA All-Star who was also the league’s scoring champ in 2020 and All-Star Game MVP in ’21.
Along with forward Satou Sabaly, Ogunbowale was one of two Wings players attending Trammell’s introductory presser and the veteran guard can’t wait to suit up for Trammell. “I’ve talked to a lot of people about her just to see how she was, it was only good things,” Ogunbowale said.
“Meeting her, I see the passion. The conversations we’ve had, I know she will get this team and organization to follow her lead. She’s super excited [to be here], which makes players want to play for her and be excited about it as well.”
With Dallas being in the Western Conference alongside the Sparks, Trammell has seen plenty of the Wings over the past four seasons. And as she officially begins her tenure as a first-time WNBA head coach, she sees plenty of positives in her new venue.
“I want to create a championship environment and build on what this team has already experienced,” Trammell said. “Making it to the playoffs last season was huge. You get that experience by making it to the playoffs. I just feel like I can come in and take it to the next level. Ultimate goal is to win a playoff series and let’s let the chips fall where they may and then going toward that championship game.”
Anytime a new coach is hired, culture is one word often used when describing how a regime change will reshape the organization. When asked to sum up the culture she will create with the Wings in one word, Trammell answered “passionate.”
“I think the identity [of our team] would be hard-working, grit, toughness, connected communicators, having a desire to win. I want players in the league and even coaches to be thinking about us two or three days in advance because they want no part of us,” she said. “That is something we’re really going to strive for. Why else are we here?”
Trammell is a coach who values relationships not just with her players, but with family, friends, her fellow coaches and others she has met during her long, rewarding basketball journey. In fact, she was joined at Friday’s presser by several family members who drove down from Chouteau and recognized them during her remarks. “I have family members here today that came from Oklahoma. Wouldn’t want to go on this journey without you,” she said.