Coach Hughes' Milestone Wins

July 16, 1999 – First Win as WNBA Head Coach
Hughes took over as head coach for the Charlotte Sting 12 games into the 1999 season, after serving as an assistant coach through the first part of the season. The Sting defeated the Orlando Miracle – which since relocated to Connecticut – 56-50 to give Hughes his first career WNBA win. The victory began a three-game win streak for the Sting. Charlotte later compiled a seven-game win streak – from July 25 to Aug. 3 – under Hughes’ leadership, improving their conference standing from fourth to second.

August 24, 1999 – First Playoff Win
After helping the Sting improve their conference standing, Hughes led the franchise to its third-consecutive playoff appearance. Charlotte drew Detroit in the first round, defeating the Shock, 60-54, to earn the franchise’s first playoff win.

June 3, 2000 – First Win with Cleveland Rockers
In his second year as a WNBA head coach, Hughes returned to his home state of Ohio to lead the Cleveland Rockers franchise. Hughes and the Rockers hosted Washington in their home opener, defeating the Mystics, 72-49. The win kicked off a five-game win streak for Cleveland.

August 13, 2000 – First Playoff Win with Cleveland
In his second season as a WNBA head coach and his first with Cleveland, Hughes led the Rockers to a playoff series win against Orlando. After falling in game one on the road, the Rockers defeated Orlando, 63-54, at home to even the series before earning the come-from-behind Eastern Conference semifinals win.

June 6, 2002 – 50th Career Win
In his third year in Cleveland and fourth as a WNBA head coach, Hughes secured his 50th career victory as the Rockers defeated the Detroit Shock, 72-55, in the second game of the 2002 season.

June 2, 2005 – First Win with San Antonio Silver Stars Hughes took over as Silver Stars head coach in 2005 and secured his first career win with San Antonio on June 2 as the Silver Stars defeated Charlotte, 69-62.

June 22, 2007 – 100th Career Win
Hughes secured his 100th career WNBA win in one of the most famous buildings in basketball – Madison Square Garden. San Antonio defeated New York, 70-63, helping Hughes secure the milestone victory.

August 25, 2007 – First Playoff Win with San Antonio
With San Antonio earning a 2007 playoff berth, Hughes became the first coach in WNBA history to take three different franchises to the playoffs. San Antonio defeated Sacramento, 86-61, in game two of the Western Conference Semifinals, evening the series. The Silver Stars would go on to defeat Sacramento, before being swept by Phoenix in the conference finals.

July 1, 2008 – 50th Win with San Antonio
In 2008, Hughes guided the Silver Stars to the most successful season in franchise history as the team amassed a record 24 wins en route to the 2008 Western Conference title and its first WNBA Finals appearance. San Antonio defeated Detroit, 79-72, in a win that would prove to be the second in a seven-game win streak – the longest of the season - for the Silver Stars.

September 18, 2008 – 10th Career Playoff Win
The top-seeded Silver Stars defeated Sacramento, 85-78, on the road to open the 2008 playoffs. The win would prove to be one of four 2008 postseason victories for the Silver Stars as they went on to win the Western Conference title. The playoff victory was the 10th career postseason win for Hughes.

August 9, 2009 – 150th Career Win
In its 10th victory of the 2009 season, San Antonio defeated Minnesota, 89-87, on the road, helping to earn Hughes his 150th career victory as a WNBA head coach.

June 1, 2012 – 100th Win with San Antonio
The longest tenured active coach in the WNBA, Hughes secured his 100th win with San Antonio as the Silver Stars defeated Phoenix, 85-66. The game also marked the Silver Stars 10th Anniversary celebration as the team commemorated 10 years in Texas.