Dan Hughes retires, Noelle Quinn named Seattle Storm head coach

SEATTLE — Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes has abruptly announced his retirement.

The 66-year-old says the rigors of being a head coach in the WNBA has taken a toll.

“After over 40 years of coaching basketball, I want to finish my career with the focus and determination with which I started,” said Hughes. “The Seattle Storm is in amazing shape, after two championships and a terrific playoff run in 2019, I would like to announce my retirement from the WNBA. I believe now is the right time because the team is performing well, but the rigors of being a head coach in the WNBA have taken their toll on me. I look forward to coaching with USA Basketball at the 2021 Olympics then leveraging my experience to give back to the game in other ways.  Mary and I value the relationships we have formed in Seattle over the past four years and want to thank everyone for their ongoing support.”

Hughes says he will continue to serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics, but he is handing over the duties of leading the Storm to assistant Noelle Quinn.

Quinn joined the Storm coaching staff in 2019 following her first championship as a player in 2018.

Hughes has coached in the WNBA for 20 years with stops in Charlotte, Cleveland, San Antonio and Seattle.

He has coached the second-most games in league history and is tied for third in victories.

Hughes arrived in Seattle in 2018 and helped lead the Storm to their third WNBA title.