Part of Storm coach Brian Agler’s quick trip to Seattle this week was to sign a contract extension that will retain him through the 2015 season. Agler, the 2010 WNBA Coach of the Year, was already under contract for the 2012 season.
Agler participated in a “Winter Warm-Up” for Storm season-ticket holders at Washington on Wednesday and departed Friday morning for the east coast to continue recruiting for next season. He’s already made scouting trips around Europe and could return, according to Storm President and CEO Karen Bryant.
The Storm finished in a three-way tie for the second-best record in the league last season (21-13), but was bounced in the opening round by Phoenix. Next year, the Storm won’t have three-time MVP Lauren Jackson to start due to the London Olympics and Agler is in search of depth to buoy starters Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright, Swin Cash and Camille Little. Part of the group, along with C Ashley Robinson, is under contract for the 2012 season. Bird is expected to re-sign with the team once free agency opens.
Seattle will not have a first-round pick in the 2012 draft, making Agler’s job as director of player personnel even more difficult.
Hired in January 2008, Agler has been the most successful Storm coach in the organization’s 12-year history. He’s had four consecutive 20-win seasons, including a WNBA record 28 victories during the 2010 championship run.
Like with most players, remaining in Seattle was never in question for Agler, 53.
“No, not really,” Agler said in an online interview regarding the possibility of coaching elsewhere. He’s flirted with the idea of coaching his daughter, who’s beginning the college recruiting process and visited Washington’s campus.
“We feel like we’ve had a chance to really put good teams on the floor,” Agler continued. “And when you have quality players and people like Sue, Lauren, and Swin and Tanisha and Camille as our starters, it’s almost the perfect scenario to be in as a coach.”
*PHOTO CREDIT: Storm coach Brian Agler calls a play by The Associated Press