With the Wings in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, head coach Fred Williams has been relieved of his duties, the team announced in a statement released on Sunday.
Assistant coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin will serve as the interim head coach for rest of the season.
“Following today’s game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head coaching position,” Wings President Greg Bibb said in the release. “I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked Taj to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our focus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship.”
The Wings declined to comment on reports stating that Williams and Bibb were involved in a postgame altercation after a 93-80 loss to the Washington Mystics on Sunday.
Before the 2014 season, Williams was hired as the head coach of the Tulsa Shock before they moved to Arlington and rebranded as the Dallas Wings.
In five seasons with the organization, Williams had a record of 71-94. His best season was the organization’s last year in Tulsa when he led the Shock to an 18-16 record and a Western Conference semifinals appearance.
Since the organization moved to Arlington, Williams hasn’t had the same level of success.
In their inaugural season in 2016, the Wings finished 11-23 and missed the playoffs. Last season, Dallas finished 16-18 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Mystics.
The Wings appeared to be on pace for their best season in Dallas as they started the season 14-9.
In July, the Wings went through a stretch where they won seven of eight games, highlighted by a 53-point game from All-Star center Liz Cambage that set the WNBA single-season scoring record.
Since then, the Wings have dealt with injuries to each of their All-Stars. Guard Skylar Diggins-Smith missed two games after suffering a facial injury, and Cambage has missed the last two because of a neck injury she suffered Wednesday against the Connecticut Sun.
Dallas hasn’t won since July 19 against the Washington Mystics
The Wings (14-17) now find themselves clinging onto the last playoff spot with a one-game lead over the Las Vegas Aces.
In their final three games, the Wings will face the Connecticut Sun (18-13) on Tuesday, the Aces, in what will be their last home game, on Friday, and a road game against the WNBA-best Seattle Storm on Sunday.