Former WNBA Seattle Storm head coach Dan Hughes was named on June 20, 2019, as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 USA Basketball Women's National Team through the 2020 Olympic Games, and closed out his coaching career by aiding the U.S. to gold in Tokyo with an unblemished 6-0 mark.
In 2019-20 Hughes was an assistant for the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team that captured the gold medal with a 6-0 mark in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He then teamed up with USA National Team assistant coach Cheryl Reeve as a co-coach during the 2019-20 USA National Team's training and competition segments that took place during the collegiate season and concluded with a 6-0 slate against international opponents in FIBA Olympic Qualifying and FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying games and a 5-1 record over top NCAA Division I teams.
Hughes previously served on the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee from 2009-16, was a court coach during the USA National Team’s February 2018 training camp in South Carolina, was on the sideline during the USA’s 83-46 exhibition victory over China in Seattle in April 2018 and joined the USA World Cup Team in Tenerife, Spain, after guiding the Storm to the 2018 WNBA title.
Named on Oct. 4, 2017, as head coach for the Seattle Storm, Hughes made a dramatic first impression in his inaugural season in leading the Storm to a league-best 26-8 record and the 2018 WNBA crown.
Hughes underwent surgery to remove a carcinoid tumor in his digestive tract on May 14, 2019, and returned to the Storm sideline June 21. Despite losing four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird and 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart to injury in 2019, the Storm finished with an 18-16 record and advanced to the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
Over the truncated 2020 WNBA season, Hughes opted out of the 'Wubble' in Florida due to his health but contributed to the team's fourth WNBA title from afar. He then retired as a WNBA coach on May 30, 2021.
Prior to arriving in Seattle, Hughes spent 16 years as a WNBA head coach. He began his career in the league as the Charlotte Sting head coach in 1999, served as the Cleveland Rockers head coach from 2000-03 and was at the helm of the San Antonio Stars from 2005-09 and 2011-16.
In all, Hughes has directed teams to the playoffs 12 times and advanced to the 2008 WNBA Finals after guiding San Antonio to a first-place finish in the Western Conference with a 24-10 record.