Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes pronounces retirement after 20 seasons in WNBA

Dan Hughes, one of many winningest coaches in WNBA historical past, introduced Sunday that he was retiring as Seattle Storm head coach. 

Noelle Quinn will step in because the crew’s new coach, the Storm introduced in a press launch

Hughes will proceed teaching as an assistant with USA Basketball within the 2021 Summer season Olympics.

Hughes stated the Storm are in “wonderful form” after profitable WNBA titles in 2018 and 2020 and making a robust playoff run in 2019. Seattle is 5-1 this season.

“After over 40 years of teaching basketball, I need to end my profession with the main focus and willpower with which I began,” he stated. “I imagine now’s the suitable time as a result of the crew is performing nicely, however the rigors of being a head coach within the WNBA have taken their toll on me. I look ahead to teaching with USA Basketball on the 2021 Olympics then leveraging my expertise to provide again to the sport in different methods. Mary (Hughes’ spouse) and I worth the relationships we’ve got shaped in Seattle over the previous 4 years and need to thank everybody for his or her ongoing help.”

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Hughes retires from the Storm having coached the second-most video games in WNBA historical past (598) recorded the third-most wins (286).

His first WNBA teaching job was as an assistant with the Charlotte Sting in 1999. He took over as their head coach later that season. He coached the Cleveland Rockers from 2000-03 earlier than spending two stints on the sideline with the San Antonio Stars between 2005-09 and 2011-16, separated by a stint as basic supervisor in 2010. He was named WNBA Coach of the Yr in 2001 with the Rockers and in 2007 with the then-Silver Stars.

Hughes, 66, coached the Storm in 2018 and led them to a WNBA title. He missed a part of the 2019 season after surgical procedure and remedy for a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract. He didn’t coach within the 2020 season as a result of he was thought-about to be at excessive threat of extreme sickness associated to the coronavirus. 

Quinn performed 14 seasons within the WNBA, averaging 4.8 factors, 2.3 assists and a couple of.6 rebounds per sport. She performed underneath Hughes in 2018 earlier than becoming a member of his workers as an assistant in 2019. 

She is the most recent former participant or coach underneath Hughes to turn out to be a WNBA head coach. James Wade (Chicago Sky), Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx), Sandy Brondello (Phoenix Mercury) and Vickie Johnson (Dallas Wings) all hung out enjoying or teaching underneath Hughes earlier than taking head teaching jobs.

“I’m excited at hand the reins to Noelle,” Hughes stated. “She is nicely positioned to do that job and I’m proud to have mentored her throughout my time right here. I look ahead to her and the crew’s ongoing success.”

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