AP Sources: Brian Agler to be subsequent coach of Dallas Wings

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NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Agler wasn’t out of labor for lengthy.

Agler would be the subsequent coach of the Dallas Wings, in line with two folks conversant in the rent. The folks spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity on Monday as a result of no official announcement has been made.

Agler resigned as the top coach of the Los Angeles Sparks final month, saying he was prepared for a brand new problem.

He’s the all-time winningest coach in U.S. ladies’s skilled basketball with 315 regular-season victories. He’s the primary coach in league historical past to win titles with two groups: Agler guided the Seattle Storm to the 2010 WNBA championship and led Los Angeles to the 2016 title. He had an 85-51 profession mark with the Sparks, together with 19-15 within the common season this 12 months earlier than they misplaced within the second spherical of the playoffs.

Agler, 60, takes over a franchise in Dallas that reached the playoffs final season after firing its coach Fred Williams with about two weeks left within the schedule. Williams had a postgame altercation with Greg Bibb, the Wings’ president and basic supervisor, after a loss at Washington.

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Dallas assistant coach and former WNBA participant Taj McWilliams-Franklin completed out the season because the interim coach.

Agler inherits a workforce that’s in a little bit of flux. Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith introduced she was pregnant within the fall after the WNBA season ended. She might doubtlessly miss a few of subsequent season. MVP runner-up Liz Cambage hasn’t determined whether or not she’ll return to Dallas.

Agler was the 2010 WNBA coach of the 12 months and the AP coach of the 12 months in 2016. He spent seven seasons with the Storm and went 136-102 throughout the common season. Agler first joined the WNBA as coach and GM of Minnesota from 1999-2002. He had assistant stints with Phoenix and San Antonio. He additionally coached within the ABL, profitable two titles with the Columbus Quest, and spent 15 years within the ladies’s school ranks.

The Wings mentioned they may have a information convention Tuesday to disclose their new coach.

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