Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes is retiring from the WNBA and associate head coach Noelle Quinn will take over for the defending WNBA champions, the team announced Sunday.
Hughes, who has coached in the WNBA for over 20 years, has coached the second-most games in the WNBA (598) and is also tied for the third-most wins in league history (286). A two-time WNBA Coach of the Year, he will still coach for USA Basketball as an assistant coach in the Tokyo Olympics.
“After over 40 years of coaching basketball, I want to finish my career with the focus and determination with which I started,” said Hughes. “I believe now is the right time because the team is performing well, but the rigors of being a head coach in the WNBA have taken their toll on me.”
Hughes did not coach in the WNBA bubble last season as the Storm secured their fourth championship with a 3-0 series win over the Las Vegas Aces.
Quinn, a former Storm shooting guard, won a championship with the team in 2018 as a player before joining their coaching staff in 2019.
The Storm have a 5-1 record this season and the second best record in the WNBA.
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