I Wish I Could Have Finished What I Started In Seattle, Says Jenny Boucek

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On January 20th, 2015, Jenny Boucek returned to Seattle Storm as their head coach after nine seasons. During her first go around with the franchise, she helped the team win their first championship as a part of Anne Donovan’s coaching staff in 2004 against the Connecticut Sun.

In 2006, Boucek decided to step away from the team for personal reasons.  Later in the year, she would accept the open head coach position with the Sacramento Monarchs for the 2007 season.  She was at the helm in Sacramento for three seasons. During her time in Sacramento, she compiled a record of 40 -41, and she would be relieved of her duties on July 2009.

2010, she would return to Seattle as an assistant coach under general manager and head coach Brian Agler until 2014. Brian and Jenny coached the Seatt犀利士 le Storm to another championship victory in 2010, by beating the Atlanta Dream.

Brian Agler would leave Seattle in 2014, to coach the Sparks for three seasons, winning a championship in 2016.  He was recently named the new head coach of the Dallas Wings in 2018, after deciding日本藤素 to resign from the Sparks On November 1, 2018.

After Agler’s departure from Seattle, Boucek would take over the helm as head coach for the Storm on January 20, 2015, in a visible rebuilding building period.  According to Boucek, there was a five-year plan in place to get the team back in championship contention.

In 2015, the Seattle Storm did not make the playoffs, finishing 5th in the Western Conference. During this time the top for four teams from each conference made it to the postseason.

In 2016, they would make the playoffs with a 16–18 record good enough to finish 3rd in the West, but they would be eliminated in the first round by the Atlanta Dream. The following they would also make it to the playoffs after both Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart returned from knee injuries, which caused them to miss training camp.

On August 10, 2017, Boucek was relieved of her duties as head coach after compiling a 36-58 record in Seattle. The Storm would go on to make the playoffs as an eight seed and would lose to the Mercury in the first round.

In 2018, the Seattle Storm would finish the regular season with a 26-8 record giving them the number one seed, and a two-round bye. The Storm would end the season by capturing their third championship in franchise history within 14 years under the leadership of head coach Dan Hughes.

“I wish I could have finished what I started. There was a five-year plan in place, and the team won it in four years, Boucek told me.”

She added: “I have stayed in touch with the players, but the management not so much.”

Her former point guard with the Seattle Storm, three-time WNBA Champion, Sue Bird was in Dallas this past October to visit Boucek. According to The Athletic’s Tim Cato. The two have remained close friends over the years, “she (Sue) is one of my best friends,” Boucek told me. 

After Boucek was let go as the head coach of the Storm, the Sacramento Kings brought her in as a development coach on Dave Joerger’s staff.

“I wanted to pick her brain, especially because she has such a good feel offensively,” Joerger said, “and she has head coaching experience, which I value greatly. She can be contrary, and by that I mean she will challenge you. She is not into group think, because groupthink is death.”

She spent a year in Sacramento before moving on to her current position with the Dallas Mavericks as a development coach and special assignments.

“She will be involved in wide-ranging basketball assignments,” Carlisle said, via SportsDay. “Jenny is a veteran WNBA head coach and was a player development coach last season for the Sacramento Kings.”

“I consider her one of the brightest minds in our game and welcome her to Dallas.”

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Written by Landon Buford

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