Brian Agler

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Brian Agler
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Agler in 2016
Los Angeles Sparks
Position Head coach
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1958-08-02) August 2, 1958 (age 58)
Nationality American
Career information
High school Elgin (Marion, Ohio)
College Wittenberg (1976–1980)
Coaching career 1993–present
Career history
As coach:
1993–1996 Kansas State
1996–1998 Columbus Quest
19992002 Minnesota Lynx
2004 Phoenix Mercury (assistant)
20052007 San Antonio Silver Stars (assistant)
20082014 Seattle Storm
2015–present Los Angeles Sparks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Brian Agler (born August 2, 1958)[1] is an American women's professional basketball coach, currently the head coach of WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. He has been the head coach of two other professional women's teams, and won four professional titles as coach.

Early Years[edit]

Agler attended college at Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he helped the Tigers win the 1977 Division III NCAA Championship as a point guard. He graduated in 1980. He received his master's degree in education from Pittsburg State University in 1985.

Coaching[edit]

Columbus Quest[edit]

As head coach of the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League, Agler led the team to a combined 82-22 record and two ABL Championships. He was named ABL Coach of the Year in 1997.

Minnesota Lynx[edit]

After the ABL collapsed in late 1998, Agler made the shift to the WNBA. He became the first head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, piloting them to a 48-67 record from 1999-2002.

Phoenix & San Antonio[edit]

He served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Mercury in the 2004 season, then with the San Antonio Silver Stars from 2005 to 2007.

Seattle Storm[edit]

The Seattle Storm named Agler head coach on January 9, 2008. He succeeded Anne Donovan. who resigned in November 2007. Agler was the general manager and head coach for the Seattle Storm until 2014, leading them to their second championship in 2010.[2]

Los Angeles Sparks[edit]

On January 5, 2015, it was announced that Agler would become the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Agler guided the 2015 version of the Sparks to a 14-20 record and a 4th-place finish in the WNBA's Western Conference.

On October 20, 2016, Agler guided the Sparks to their third WNBA championship, defeating the Lynx, 77-76, in the decisive Game 5 of the 2016 WNBA Finals, thereby winning the league championship series, 3-2. He became the first head coach to win WNBA titles with two different teams.

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
MIN 1999 32 15 17 .469 4th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
MIN 2000 32 15 17 .469 6th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
MIN 2001 32 12 20 .375 6th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
MIN 2002 19 6 13 .316 8th in West - - - - Fired Mid-Season
SEA 2008 34 22 12 .647 2nd in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SEA 2009 34 22 12 .647 2nd in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SEA 2010 34 28 6 .824 1st in West 7 7 0 1.000 Won WNBA Finals
SEA 2011 34 21 13 .618 2nd in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SEA 2012 34 16 18 .471 4th in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SEA 2013 34 17 17 .500 4th in West 2 0 2 .000 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SEA 2014 34 12 22 .353 5th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
LA 2015 34 14 20 .412 4th in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
LA 2016 34 26 8 .765 2nd in West 9 6 3 .667 Won Championship
Career 421 224 197 .532 28 18 15 .545

Personal life[edit]

He now lives in Ohio, while still coaching the Sparks during the summer.

Agler's son, Bryce, is currently a women's assistant basketball coach at Eastern Illinois University.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 22 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (16 September 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2014/12/08/agler-follows-in-his-dads-footsteps/

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Susan Yow
Kansas State Wildcats women's basketball Head Coach
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Jack Hartman (interim)