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Seattle Storm promote Jenny Boucek to head coach

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In the wake of ex-head coach Brian Agler going to the Los Angeles Sparks as head coach, the Seattle Storm needed to find a suitable replacement. And they have done that in promoting Jenny Boucek to be their next head coach. Boucek served as associate head coach in 2014.

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The Seattle Storm have promoted associate head coach Jenny Boucek to be their next head coach. Boucek, who served as associate head coach in 2014, will replace Brian Agler who was recently hired by the Los Angeles Sparks to be their head coach.

Here is part of the release from the Seattle Storm:

The Seattle Storm today announced that Jenny Boucek has been named head coach.

"Jenny has a tremendous energy, tenacity and passion for this franchise," said Storm President & General Manager, Alisha Valavanis. "Her work ethic, basketball IQ and innovative approach are the right combination as we look to reshape our team. Jenny, myself and Force 10 Hoops are aligned in our vision and strategy to return the Storm to an elite team in the WNBA and look forward to getting started."

Boucek assumes head coaching responsibilities following a 2014 stint as associate head coach and three seasons (2011-2013), as the top assistant under former Storm head coach and general manager, Brian Agler. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"It’s an honor to be part of a world-class sports franchise," said Boucek. "Seattle has a great championship legacy and I am excited to team up with Alisha and our ownership group as we enter the next era of Storm Basketball."

Notably respected as one of the top assistants in the league, Boucek has spent much of her career as a student of the game. She served as an advanced scout with the Seattle SuperSonics, and more recently, had full access to Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle’s training camp in September and October of 2014. She was involved in all coaches meetings, film and practice sessions and player meetings.

Boucek brings a vast amount of experience and  knowledge  to the position, as she began her WNBA coaching career in 1998. She was also previously a head coach with the former Sacramento Monarchs.