LOS ANGELES – After a 5-7 start to the season, the Los Angeles Sparks fired Derek Fisher as head coach and general manager Tuesday.
“After a thorough evaluation of the state of our team, the Sparks and GM/Head Coach Derek Fisher have agreed to part ways,” Managing Partner Eric Holoman said in a statement. “On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank Derek for his efforts and contributions to the Sparks franchise. We wish him the best moving forward. I have full confidence in Fred Williams to step into the role of interim head coach, bringing a wealth of experience leading WNBA teams.”
Fisher has been coaching the team since December 2018, and added general manager to his title in December 2020. He had a record of 54-46 during his coaching tenure.
“I want to thank the LA Sparks organization, ownership, staff, players, and fans for the opportunity they have afforded me over the last four years as a part of this historic franchise,” Fisher said in a statement released by the team. “Their support has allowed me to grow as both a coach and front office executive and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
“The Sparks and I have mutually agreed to part ways as I shift my focus back to pursuing other opportunities and private endeavors,” Fisher said. “It has been an amazing ride and I wish the entire LA sparks organization great success moving forward.”
Assistant Coach Fred Williams will serve as interim head coach.