Los Angeles, Calif. – The LA Sparks announced Friday that Brian Agler resigned after four seasons as head coach with the team.
“We’d like to thank Brian for his contributions to the Sparks Organization over the last four seasons, including helping the team win the 2016 title,” Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said in a press release. “We wish Brian nothing but the best moving forward.”
According to the team, a comprehensive search to identify the next Sparks head coach will start immediately.
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The shocking move comes following a disappointing season for the Sparks who finished third in the West (19-15 ) and lost in the second round of the WNBA playoffs to the Washington Mystics.
In his four years as head coach, Agler led the Sparks to an 85-51 record while making the playoffs each of his four seasons. He also led the team to their first WNBA title in 13 years, winning against the Minnesota Lynx in 2016.
Agler became the first coach in the WNBA’s 20-year history to win championships with two different teams as he guided the Seattle Storm to the 2010 WNBA championship.
He also holds the title of all-time winningest coach in U.S. women’s professional basketball, with 315 regular-season wins.
Agler, 60, was hired as the 12th coach in franchise history on Jan. 5, 2015 and signed a contract extension with the Sparks in September of last year.
At the time, Toler said: “I am extremely excited that head Coach Brian Agler will have a long future with the Sparks organization.
I look forward to working with him for years to come.”
The Sparks did not release any further information regarding Agler’s coaching staff which included son, Bryce Agler.