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My Favourite Brian Agler Photos

The Seattle Storm announced today that Head Coach Brian Agler was heading to Los Angeles to be the new coach for the Los Angeles Sparks. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing him with the team over the last four years and thought I’d share a few of my favourite photos from his time with the Storm.

Coach’s phone was never far out of reach and he was a constant presence on Twitter. I caught him working away in the back hall of KeyArena during Media Day on May 14th, 2013. A few seconds later he was done and gone, back to whatever the next media activity was.

On April 28th, 2012, the Seattle Storm had a basketball court set up at the Microsoft Campus Jam, an event for Microsoft employees and their families. This young lady just couldn’t, despite her best efforts, get the ball to go through the standard height basketball hoop. Always the coach, Brian fashioned a hoop out of his arms to make sure even the smallest kid could have the satisfaction of making a basket.

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Even though his phone was a constant companion, Coach Agler really did take a break from it occasionally. At Media Day on May 15th, 2012, Brian paused from typing away to check out the hilarity on the court.

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I have many photos of Coach Agler in a huddle during a timeout but this one, from a game against the Connecticut Sun on September 16th, 2012, always makes me smile. There’s some sort of play drawn up on the whiteboard but it just looks like crazy chicken scratches to me.

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Make no mistake: Coach expected the best from players. During a game against the Chicago Sky on August 15th, 2013, rookie Tianna Hawkins was out of position for a play. Coach Agler made sure she knew how to run the play for next time.

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Ok, maybe Coach uses his phone a lot 🙂 I managed to snag this photo of him typing away as he walked past the Storm championship banners in the Storm’s practice facility during Media Day on May 9th, 2012.

Best of luck in LA, Coach!