The Seattle Storm announced Wednesday the addition of assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg to Jenny Boucek’s coaching staff. Kloppenburg, a 13-season WNBA veteran, will embark on his second stint in the Pacific Northwest.
“As we continue to evolve our team, systems and culture, Gary is an ideal addition to our staff,” said Boucek. “He brings extensive knowledge, ideas and experiences that we feel will serve our team well. I have the utmost respect for Gary and we are thrilled that he is joining our staff.”
Kloppenburg coached under Lin Dunn in Seattle (2000-02), spent 2003 with Phoenix, and resumed ties with Dunn in Indiana (2008-11) before embarking on a head coaching role with Tulsa in 2012 and 2013. He was an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014 and he joined Stephanie White’s staff with the Indiana Fever in 2015.
In his head coaching stint with the Shock, Kloppenburg guided Tulsa, who was coming off a three-win 2011 season, to nine wins in 2012 and 11 victories in 2013.
Prior to joining Dunn’s staff with the Fever in 2008, he was on the staff of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, where he served under Bernie Bickerstaff for three seasons. Kloppenburg was hired by Bickerstaff when the Bobcats were founded in 2004, continuing a family bond established when Bickerstaff was in college, and strengthened when Gary’s father Bob coached in the NBA with Bickerstaff in Seattle and Denver.
“It was a difficult decision to leave such a first-class organization in the Indiana Fever, but the chance to join a strong Western Conference franchise and work with a dynamic, up-and-coming team and staff was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said Kloppenburg. “I look forward to contributing in any way possible to help the Storm get to the next level.”
As previously announced by the WNBA, Seattle has been selected to host Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017. The game is set for 12:30 p.m. on July 22, 2017 at KeyArena.
Seattle opens its home schedule on May 14 vs. Indiana at KeyArena.