Greg Bibb, president and CEO of the Wings, told the AP when Agler was let go that he would like to hire a former player.
“At the end of the day we’ll hire the candidate that’s best qualified to lead our team,” he said. “As far as relatability, the best way is to find a coach who has walked in the same shoes that the players have walked in.”
The Athletic first reported the hire.
Johnson was a two-time All-Star after being drafted 12th by the New York Liberty in 1997. She played with New York and then San Antonio before becoming an assistant coach for the Stars in 2011.
Dallas has a strong young nucleus in place led by Arike Ogunbowale, who was the WNBA leading scorer this past season at 22.8 points per game. The Wings also got strong contributions from rookie Satou Sabally, who averaged 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. She missed six games with a back issue and a concussion.
The Wings are in the draft lottery Friday and have the third-best chance to get the No. 1 pick.