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Kevin Pelton, | Nov. 9, 2010

During his first trip back to Seattle since the culmination of the Storm's 2010 championship season, Head Coach Brian Agler kept busy with a variety of events in the community. Here's a look back on Agler's weekend schedule.

"I didn't think I made a very good Elton John."
courtesy Goodwill


For the second year in a row, the Storm participated in the Glitter Gala, Seattle Goodwill's annual fundraiser held in conjunction with the Glitter Sale (which will take place next Saturday and Sunday at the Seattle store). Last year, center Ashley Robinson modeled. This time, Agler took to the runway. Models are dressed using clothes available at local Goodwill stores as part of an annual theme. This year, the fashion show highlighted famous pop stars. Agler was dressed as Elton John.

"I didn't really know a lot about it until I got there, so there were a lot of surprises for me," said Agler, who's attended a John concert in the past. "I didn't think I made a very good Elton John, but with so many wild clothes on and the glasses and the wig, I don't think people knew who was dressed up as Elton John. I think the event went well and a lot of charity went towards the Goodwill, which is an important part of our community."


Friday morning began with Agler serving as the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue's 18th annual "Friends Breakfast." He talked about the Storm's title run and the important elements to the team's success. Agler then returned to the Storm offices to help welcome All-Stars from Indonesia's Development Basketball League. The DBL is made up of nearly 20,000 players and over 800 teams of high school age. A team of All-Stars, both girls and boys, annually travels to the United States to play exhibition games.

While in Seattle, the DBL All-Stars stopped by the Storm offices - the first time they have visited a WNBA team. They had lunch, heard from Agler and Storm CEO Karen Bryant and then learned about the business side of professional basketball from Chauntelle Johnson, the Storm's senior community relations coordinator. Johnson gave out prizes, including game-worn shoes, for trivia questions and for the winners of a pop-a-shot competition.

DBL players and coaches pose with Agler and Bryant. /Storm Photos

The visit by the DBL All-Stars was written up in the Sumatera Ekspres newspaper in Indonesia.

"That was pretty neat," said Agler. "I spoke to the group about being an international squad. Of our 11 players, we had five who are not from the United States."


Aaron Last/Storm Photos

On Saturday, Agler was joined by Indiana Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn - the first coach in Storm franchise history - for a pair of clinics at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the two longtime WNBA coaches explained some of their core strategies and their larger coaching philosophies to the youth coaches in attendance - who ranged from coaching third and fourth grade all the way up to the college level.

Agler focused on the pick-and-roll. Dunn explained the principles of her pressure defense, including the shadow full-court press and how the Fever defends the pick-and-roll and the post.

"I thought the clinic was well-attended," Agler said. "There were multiple coaches from all different levels and they asked great coaches. I thought Lin did a great job. She's an excellent coach and she has a good, fresh perspective on the game. Having a clinic with different philosophies - not that they're all different; she and I have some similar philosophies on different things - I think it's good for coaches to come in and hear a variety of different voices talking about the game."

After breaking for lunch, Agler returned to lead members of the Jr. Storm program through a youth clinic, working on drills and skill development.