WNBA Los Angeles Sparks head coach Brian Agler on Jan. 10, 2018, was named as a court coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women's National Team's minicamp, scheduled to be held Feb. 9-11 at the University of South Carolina.
“It’s an honor to be involved in any capacity with USA Basketball,” said Agler, who as a head coach has captured two WNBA and two ABL championships. “To be selected to be a court coach is going to be a tremendous experience and a great privilege and I’m looking forward to it.
“Anybody who is in a position like I’ll be in is there to help, support and assist Dawn to bring a group of players to a level where they can also have success at that high level. The majority of the team will be professional players, players who have been in the WNBA, whether they’re players who have been on our teams or other great players in the league. So, with my experience in the league with some of these players, I think I can help Dawn and USA Basketball to reach their goals.”
In his 14 seasons (1999-2002, 2008-17) as a WNBA head coach, Agler has compiled a 252-203 record in the regular season (.554 winning percentage). In the past 10 seasons, Agler-led teams have advanced to nine WNBA playoffs, winning the 2010 WNBA title with the Seattle Storm and the 2016 championship with the Los Angeles Sparks. He is the first WNBA head coach to lead two different teams to league titles.
Agler began his professional coaching career at the helm of the American Basketball League’s Columbus Quest, where he led his team to a combined 82-22 record (.788 winning percentage) in the two-plus seasons the league was operational, won both available ABL crowns and was tabbed 1997 ABL Coach of the Year. During that time Agler also served as a member of the 1997-98 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Committee.