MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Shalee Lehning of Atlanta Dream runs with the ball during the WNBA Live Manchester 2011 match between Atlanta Dream and Great Britain at Manchester Evening News Arena on May 29, 2011 in Manchester, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Atlanta Dream guard Shalee Lehning announced her retirement from the Atlanta Dream and the WNBA on Tuesday due to complications in her recovery from a torn ACL that ended her 2011 season according to a release by the Dream. Lehning was a 2009 second round pick of the Dream and helped guide the club to three consecutive playoff appearances.
"Shalee has been an important part of our franchise for the last three seasons," said Dream Head Coach and General Manager Marynell Meadors. "She brought tremendous work ethic and leadership to our team that will be hard to replace. We wish Shalee the best of luck and I know she has a bright future in the game as a coach."
During post game sessions, Dream head coach Marynell Meadors has often referred to Lehning as a coach both on and off the court for her club and that is fitting given that Lehning has spent her off season's the past three years as an assistant coach at Kansas State.
"This was a difficult decision for me but I am excited to focus on coaching, where I can continue to have an impact on the game and the next generation of players," said Lehning. "I want to thank the Atlanta Dream for an amazing three years. It truly was an experience of a lifetime."