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Brian Agler

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Wittenberg '80

The 2012 WNBA season marks Brian Agler's fifth campaign as the Seattle Storm head coach, and his eighth year as a head coach in the WNBA. Agler was introduced as the Storm's head coach on Jan. 8, 2008 and is the third coach in Storm history. On Nov. 2011, the Storm announced a three-year contract extension that takes Agler through the 2015 WNBA season. He also serves as the team's general manager.

In 2010 the Storm captured the league's championship title, its second, with an impressive regular season record of 28-6 and an undefeated playoff record of 7-0. Additionally, Coach Agler was recognized as the WNBA's Coach of the Year. On June 18, 2010, Agler became the seventh coach in league history with 100 career wins. He recorded his 200th professional win on July 30, 2011 at Tulsa and tied Van Chancellor (211) for the most coaching wins in women's professional basketball history in the Storm's 2011 finale against the Chicago Sky on Sept. 11.

Prior to joining the Storm is 2008, Agler was the head coach and general manager of the expansion team Minnesota Lynx from 1999-2002, where he compiled a 42-54 (.438) record. Before being named the first coach of the expansion Lynx, Agler served as the head coach of the Columbus Quest of the ABL from 1996-1999, compiling an 82-22 record. He led the Quest to back-to-back ABL championships in 1997 and 1998 and was named the ABL Coach of the Year for the 1996-97 season.

Agler completed his third season as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2007. Prior to joining San Antonio, he served as assistant coach with the Phoenix Mercury and helped guide the team to a 17-17 record after the Mercury finished with an 8-26 record in 2003.

Agler spent 15 seasons coaching among the college ranks, including 13 seasons as a head coach. He posted an impressive collegiate record of 248-135 (.648 winning percentage). From 1993-96 he served as the head women's basketball coach at Kansas State.

In 1988, Agler took over as the head women's coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In five seasons at UMKC, Agler was 85-54 and took the Kangaroos from a 9-16 record in 1988-89 to four straight winning seasons with 17 or more victories. Under his direction, UMKC led the NCAA in scoring defense three consecutive seasons from 1990-93. In 1991, UMKC set an NCAA team record, allowing 51.8 points per game.

As the head women's basketball coach at Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College from 1984-88, Agler compiled a 124-42 record (.747 winning percentage). In 1985-86, NEO A&M was ranked second nationally and posted a 30-2 record.

Agler attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he starred on the basketball team for four seasons. He led the Tigers to their only NCAA Division III Championship in basketball as a freshman. He started all 112 games during his college career, leaving the school as the all-time assist leader (481). Agler helped lead his team to a 91-21 record during his four years with the Tigers, and was named most valuable player in the Ohio Athletic Conference and first-team All-America as a senior. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor.

In 1980, Agler graduated with a degree in special education and physical education. He received his master's degree in education from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) in 1985. Agler and his wife Robin, have one son, Bryce, and one daughter, Taylor.

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