In other Storm related news…coach Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in womenâ€™s professional basketball, will be inducted to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.
â€śI 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,â€ť Agler said. â€śI 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.â€ť
Aglerâ€™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 WNBAâ€™s Coach of the Year.
Professional basketball isnâ€™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 â€™96, he coached at Kansas State University. He spent five seasons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1988 to â€™89, leading the Kangaroos to best scoring defense in the WNBA from 1993 to â€™96. Aglerâ€™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 schoolâ€™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 masterâ€™s degree in education from Pittsburg State University.