On Friday, Seattle Storm Head Coach Dan Hughes made a personal announcement that he was recently diagnosed with cancer after it was discovered during an urgent Appendectomy that took place a few weeks ago.
Storm Head Coach Dan Hughes has been diagnosed with cancer.— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) April 19, 2019
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In the announcement, Coach Hughes states that they have begun treatment and that will likely also include an additional surgery to take place soon.
There is no set timetable on something like this and it’s not yet 100% clear if this will take him out of coaching for part of this season. The priority will obviously be to get the best treatment possible for Coach Hughes.
Storm CEO Alisha Valavanis had this to say: “Our thoughts and support are with Dan, Mary, and their family. Dan’s health is the top priority and the Storm will stand by him on this journey.”
Coach Hughes is one of the winningest head coaches in WNBA history. He has coached more WNBA games than any other coach in the league’s 23 years with 558 games coached. And he is top three in total wins with 263 just behind the Washington Mystics Mike Thibault (310) and former Seattle Storm and current Dallas Wings Head Coach Brian Agler (271).
Coach Hughes had actually retired from the sport after the 2016 season ending his long stint with the then San Antonio Stars (Now Las Vegas Aces). He retired with the most wins in their franchise history. Hughes did not coach in 2017.
He fully expected to stay retired, but after the Seattle Storm parted ways with Head Coach Jenny Boucek in the middle of the 2017 season, the Storm were in need of a new head coach for 2018. The opportunity to coach a young generational talent like Breanna Stewart and another young star Jewell Loyd was too good to pass up.
Coach Hughes would lead the Seattle Storm to the best record in the WNBA in 2018 at 26-8. Seattle would then go on to defeat the Phoenix Mercury, in the playoffs, in a back and forth five-game series before sweeping the Washington Mystics to win Seattle’s third WNBA Championship. It was Hughes first WNBA Championship title of his illustrious career.
The entire staff at Cascadia Sports Network want to offer our support, best wishes, and prayers to Coach Hughes and his family during this difficult time.