In other Storm related news…coach Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball, will be inducted to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
“I feel very honored to be nominated for induction into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, which already includes many great individuals and teams from my home state,” Agler said. “I have had great fortune to have played for, played with and coached great basketball people that have impacted this recognition and because of that, I am very appreciative.”
Agler’s basketball resume includes a compiled record of 236-153 in both the WNBA (2008-present) and ABL (1996-99). In 2010, he coached the Storm to a 28-6 regular-season record. He then guided the Storm to its second WNBA championship and was recognized as the WNBA’s Coach of the Year.
Professional basketball isn’t the only place Agler has experienced success. He spent 15 seasons coaching among the college ranks, posting a collegiate record of 248-135. From 1993 to ’96, he coached at Kansas State University. He spent five seasons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1988 to ’89, leading the Kangaroos to best scoring defense in the WNBA from 1993 to ’96. Agler’s first collegiate stop was Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College, where he compiled at 124-42 record.
Agler graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a star basketball player all four years. He led the Tigers to the school’s only NCAA Division III championship as a freshman and left as the all-time assist leader with 481. In his senior year, he was named MVP for the Ohio Athletic Conference and was a first team All-American. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor. Agler also holds a master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University.