Storm coach Brian Agler has had a successful career in Seattle since being hired in 2008, winning a WNBA championship in 2010 and collecting a solid run when the team won a franchise-record 18 straight home games from 2010-11. In 2011, Agler past former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor to became the coaches’ all-time leader in wins in American women’s professional basketball with 229 through Sunday’s overtime victory at KeyArena against Washington. Agler had 72 wins in the defunct ABL and has 157 in the WNBA.
For that, and many more achievements, he’ll be inducted into his native Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
“I would have loved to (play for Brian here),” three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson said recently of Agler being considered to coach her Australian national team through the 2016 Olympic Games. “He’s probably the best coach I’ve played under.”
Here’s the official release:
Brian Agler to be Inducted to Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame
2010 WNBA Coach of the Year Will Be Honored in 2014 Ceremony
SEATTLE – Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball, will be inducted to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
“I feel very honored to be nominated for induction into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, which already includes many great individuals and teams from my home state,” Agler said. “I have had great fortune to have played for, played with and coached great basketball people that have impacted this recognition and because of that, I am very appreciative.”
Agler’s basketball resume speaks for itself; and includes a compiled record of 236-153 in both the WNBA (2008-present) and ABL (1996-99). In 2010, he coached the Storm to a 28-6 regular-season record. After tearing through the playoffs rattling off seven straight wins, he guided the Storm to its second WNBA championship, a season widely regarded as the most historic in the WNBA era. At the end of the season, he was recognized as the WNBA’s Coach of the Year.
“It comes as no surprise that Brian has been selected for this honor,” said Storm President & CEO Karen Bryant. “I’ve admired Brian’s success and prowess since the early days in the ABL and am glad he’s at the helm of the Storm. Brian has built a culture of winning throughout our organization.”
Agler was introduced as the Storm’s head coach on Jan. 8, 2008 and is also the director of player personnel. Prior to Seattle, Agler was the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx from 1999 to 2002. In the now defunct ABL, Agler served as the head coach of the Columbus Quest from 1996 to 1999, compiling a record of 82-22. He led the Quest to back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998 and was also named ABL Coach of the Year for the ‘96-’97 season.
Professional basketball isn’t the only place Agler has experienced success. He spent 15 seasons coaching among the college ranks, posting a collegiate record of 248-135. From 1993 to ’96, he coached at Kansas State University. He spent five seasons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1988 to ’89, leading the Kangaroos to best scoring defense in the WNBA from 1993 to ’96. Agler’s first collegiate stop was Northeast Oklahoma A&M;Junior College, where he compiled at 124-42 record.
Agler graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a star basketball player all four years. He led the Tigers to the school’s only NCAA Division III championship as a freshman and left as the all-time assist leader with 481. In his senior year, he was named MVP for the Ohio Athletic Conference and was a first team All-American. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor. Agler also holds a master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University.