• December 2, 2021

Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn inks multi-year extension

Noelle Quinn. Photo: NBAE/Getty Images.
Noelle Quinn. Photo: NBAE/Getty Images.

From the Storm:

The Seattle Storm announced today that Head Coach Noelle Quinn has signed a multi-year extension. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I would like to thank the Storm owners and management for entrusting me with the opportunity to continue to lead such a talented group of women. Over my career, I’ve been blessed to play for and coach alongside some of the best coaches in our game which has helped prepare me for this position,” said Quinn.

“The loyalty and support that our fans show epitomize the pride this city has for the Storm,” added Quinn. “My time in Seattle has been so special and I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence our organization shows both on the court and in the community.

Quinn took over as head coach on May 30, after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Storm. Under her direction, Seattle is 10-4, leading the WNBA with an overall mark of 16-5 at the Olympic Break, and guiding the team to a berth in the first-ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game on Aug. 12.

“Noelle’s experience as a player and a coach as well as her strategic vision for Storm basketball makes her a fantastic choice for our future,” said Talisa Rhea, Storm General Manager. “Her love for the game and her passion for excellence serve as a great foundation from which to keep building our franchise.”

Quinn joined the Storm coaching staff in 2019 after retiring following a successful 12-year WNBA career which included two separate stints with Seattle totaling five years and culminated in a WNBA title in 2018. Quinn holds the distinction of being the only person to win a WNBA Championship as both a player (2018 – SEA) and a coach (2020 – SEA, Assistant).

Quinn was the No. 4 overall draft pick by Minnesota in 2007 after a successful collegiate career at UCLA. She spent two seasons with the Lynx (2007-08), three with San Antonio (2009-11), one in Washington (2012), two in Seattle (2013-14), 1-1/2 years in Phoenix (2015-16), then was traded back to Seattle midway through 2016. She retired following the 2018 season, finishing her career with 1,824 points, 1,011 rebounds, 878 assists and 256 steals in 382 games.

Seattle returns to action on Thursday, Aug. 12, facing Connecticut in the first Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The second half of the WNBA season begins on Aug. 15 with the Storm in Chicago to kick-off a five-game road trip.

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