3-year contract extension for Storm coach Brian Agler
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM
(SEATTLE) - Seattle Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personal Brian Agler has signed a three-year contract to stay with the Storm through 2015, the team announced today. Agler, who still had one year left on his existing contract, joined the Storm in 2008 and led the team to the 2010 WNBA championship. He was named WNBA Coach of the Year that same year. In 2011, Agler tied the all-time record for most coaching wins in women’s professional basketball history, recording his 211th victory on Sept. 11.
“I’m proud of what we have built in Seattle and excited to continue,” said Agler. “The Storm is a remarkable franchise with committed owners, strong leadership, incredibly loyal fans and, in Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, two of the best ever to play the game at their positions. I’m privileged to be part of this team and eager to build on our successes.”
“We are pleased and excited to have Brian with us through 2015,” said Storm President and CEO Karen Bryant. “Brian is the winningest coach in women’s basketball with a worldwide reputation for building great teams. He’s already shown us what he is capable of and we are looking forward to more.”
Agler was named the third head coach in franchise history on Jan. 8, 2008. The Storm has won at least 20 games during each of his four seasons in Seattle, the longest active streak in the WNBA, and has reached the playoffs all four years. Overall, Agler boasts a 91-45 record (.669) at the helm of the Storm, the most wins by any WNBA team during that span.
Prior to joining the Storm, Agler served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Silver Stars from 2005-07. He spent 2004 as an assistant for the Phoenix Mercury. Agler was the head coach and general manager of the expansion Minnesota Lynx from 1999-2002, and also served as head coach of the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1996-1999, compiling an 82-22 record. He led the Quest to back-to-back ABL championships in 1997 and 1998 and was named the ABL Coach of the Year for the 1996-97 season.
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