The WNBA’s regular season has hit its stretch run, and the Seattle Storm find themselves on the outside looking in on the league’s playoff picture. With just eight games remaining in the regular season, the Storm announced Thursday that head coach Jenny Boucek has been fired. She has been replaced on an interim basis by Gary Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg had previously been serving as an assistant under Boucek.
Storm President and General Manager Alisha Valavanis said, “I believe new leadership is needed at this time to give our team the best chance at short and long term success. I am grateful for the passion and commitment Jenny has demonstrated throughout her time with the Seattle Storm. She has been an important part of our organization and we wish her well in the next steps of her career.”
Boucek was hired as the Storm’s head coach in January of 2015 after serving as an assistant under the team’s previous coach, Brian Agler. She compiled a record of 36-58 during her time on the Seattle bench. Seattle is just 10-16 thus far this season, though they do have the same record as the Chicago Sky, who currently hold the league’s eighth and final playoff spot. Boucek has also previously served as the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs.
Kloppenburg is in the midst of his second stint with the Storm. He was an assistant with the team under head coach Lin Dunn from 2000 through 2002. Kloppenburg was the head coach of Tulsa in 2012 and 2013 and has also spent time with the Los Angeles Sparks, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury. He was also an assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats from 2004 through 2007.
Kloppenburg will debut as Seattle’s head coach when the Storm take on the Mercury in Phoenix on August 12.