Brian Agler has resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.
According to Mechelle Voepel at ESPN, Agler resigned at the beginning of November, but was unable to discuss his resignation until after release of an official statement by the Sparks. In a press release targeted for immediate release, Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said:
We’d like to thank Brian for his contributions to the Sparks organization over the last four seasons, including helping the team win the 2016 title. We wish Brian nothing but the best moving forward.
Agler has a lengthy coaching resume going back to the early-1990’s that includes both college and professional teams. He worked as an assistant for the Phoenix Mercury and San Antonio Silver Stars before accepting a head coaching position with the Storm, which kept him in Seattle until 2014. In 2015, Agler signed on as head coach of the Sparks and guided the team to the 2016 WNBA Championship — and Candace Parker to the first WNBA Championship trophy of her career.
A reason for Agler’s resignation was not provided, but the Sparks stated a “comprehensive search to identify the next Sparks head coach will start immediately.”