Coach's Corner - Coach Hughes in the Community

During the WNBA offseason, Silver Stars Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes devotes most of his time towards gearing up for the 2013 season. He meets with members of the basketball operations staff and regularly checks in with Silver Stars players both at home and overseas via email and Skype. He also spends time attending Spurs practices and games.

He spends the majority of his time focusing on the women’s collegiate season – developing the Silver Stars prospect list heading into the draft, watching games on television, on tape and live scouting as well as serving as a color analyst on men’s and women’s collegiate broadcasts.

Whenever he gets the chance, Hughes also takes advantage of the opportunity to engage in the San Antonio community.

“One of the things that I like to do and I like for my staff to do, beyond focusing on the business of the offseason is to get out and engage in things that enrich us from the standpoint of experiences, experiences that we will grow from,” Hughes said. “Getting out, trying new things, engaging in the community and talking Silver Stars basketball.”

So far during the 2012-13 offseason Hughes joined the Spurs Sports & Entertainment staff in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He worked a pair of charity golf tournaments including the Mike Mitchell Memorial Golf Classic and volunteered with Kinetic Kids – a local organization that provides children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in recreational and sport activities.

Hughes also partnered with the March of Dimes, serving as a guest judge at their Signature Chefs Auction and is slated to be featured in the organization’s 75th Anniversary calendar. He joined the NBA Cares in their Hoops for Troops program around Veteran’s Day – visiting wounded warriors at the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Back in his hometown of Lowell, Ohio, Hughes also became part of a group the donated to rebuild the basketball courts he played on as a boy.

“I have wonderful memories of the time I spent on those courts learning the game of basketball. I started going in the third grade and was allowed to stay until the street lights came on. It was truly a home away from home where I could chase my dreams. Life made sense to me as a young boy when I had a ball in my hand on a basketball court.”

Hughes also teamed up with women’s basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, Silver & Black Give Back and the Manifest Foundation to help open a dream court at St. PJ’s Children’s Home in San Antonio.

Beginning in 2013, he will also be out visiting San Antonio-area girl’s varsity high school teams as part of the Silver Stars Team of the Week program.

“Every day I wake up, I am thinking about the San Antonio Silver Stars,” Hughes said. “There is no Silver Stars without San Antonio, the importance of engaging our community with our basketball team is essential. The community has always been special to us and I welcome every chance to reach out and give back. It’s a labor of love.”