Interim Head Coach Fred Williams Departing For Auburn University

Sparks to Conduct National Search for Next Head Coach

 LOS ANGELES (Aug 17, 2022) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today that Interim Head Coach Fred Williams will depart for Auburn University to assume the role of associate head coach, as previously announced on May 4, 2022. The Sparks are conducting a national search for the next Head Coach of the organization.

“The Sparks would like to thank Coach Fred for his leadership and guidance over the past four seasons as both an assistant coach and as Interim Head Coach,” Managing Partner Eric Holoman said. “Fred has had an illustrious WNBA coaching career, and we know he will continue to make an impact on women’s basketball at Auburn.”

Fred Williams was named an assistant coach with the LA Sparks prior to the 2019 season. He became Interim Head Coach on June 7, 2022. Williams storied coaching career spans more than 25 years, including Head Coaching positions in the WNBA with the Utah Starzz, Atlanta Dream, and the Dallas Wings/Tulsa Shock. Williams was also the head coach at USC from 1995-1997.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity and time that I have had with the Los Angeles Sparks,” Williams said. “A special thank you to Eric Holoman, my staff, and players who I have worked with throughout my time. Thank you also to our Sparks fans for your support and for making the atmosphere at our games so memorable.”

The Sparks are also underway with the search for the next General Manager.



Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 26 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Arena has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court. LA Sparks 2023 season tickets are available here for purchase.