Sparks renew contract with assistant coach Latricia Trammell

The Sparks assistant coach is keeping her talents in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Sparks hold onto assistant coach who holds down the defensive reigns with contract renewal.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Sparks announced in a press release that they are renewing their contract with Assistant Coach Latricia Trammell.

This announcement of the contract renewal comes after a reported offer was made to Trammell by the Dallas Wings to join the Wings’ new head coach Vickie Johnson’s coaching staff according to The Athletic. Given Johnson and Trammell’s history working together on the San Antonio Stars’ sidelines in 2017, it was reported that Johnson reached out to Trammell to fill the top assistant position in Dallas.

Trammell has had a long coaching career that has spun decades with head and assistant coach roles collegiately. The Oklahoma native has proven over the years that she can develop quality players and win big at the collegiate level. She led Oklahoma City University to back-to-back NAIA Division I national championships in 2014 and 2015 all while amassing a record of 85-10 during her three-year tenure as head coach.

In her first two seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, Trammell has made her mark within the team.

“I’m excited to continue my coaching career with the Sparks and Coach Fisher,” Trammell said in the release. “I’m blessed to work with some of the greatest athletes in the world and amazing staff here in LA.”

Los Angeles is locking up Trammell into a new contract following what was another big season for the team defensively in 2020. Throughout her first two seasons with the Sparks, Trammell has guided the team to finish third in defensive rating in both 2019 and 2020.

In this previous bubble season in 2020, Trammell’s defensive philosophy led the way for Candace Parker to be named the 2020 Defensive Player of the Year and Brittney Sykes to be a member of the 2020 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. In 2019, Nneka Ogwumike was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

“Latricia is an invaluable member of our Sparks family,” Fisher said. “Her passion for helping our players has been vital to our success in the last two seasons. She has helped me tremendously and has allowed us to establish our defensive identity.”

Coach Trammell’s impact has been greatly felt in her time with the Sparks on Fisher’s staff that it was a no brainer to retain her contract for the near future. With Trammell holding the Sparks down with her defensive philosophy, they may just stay at the top of the league’s best standings for seasons to come.

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