Muskingum alumnus and Seattle Storm Head Coach Dan Hughes ('77) won the WNBA Championship after beating the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night, 98-82. The victory capped off a series sweep.
After retiring from the WBNA three years prior, Hughes returned to coach and build the team that he had always admired, the Seattle Storm. This year, Hughes led the Storm to a 26-8 record (league best), the number one seed in the playoffs, to the WNBA Finals, and guided the Storm to a sweep in the finals becoming only the sixth WNBA team to accomplish that feat.
He coached the league MVP player and MVP finalist, Breanna Stewart who is second in the WBNA in points per game with 22.0 and third in rebounds with 8.6. In game three of the championships, Stewart secured 30 points, a new career-high for the WNBA playoffs. Hughes also coached the league's oldest player, Sue Bird who is the only person to hold the 2004, 2011, and 2018 championships.
In his interview with K5 news, Hughes claimed that his victory could be attributed to "his willingness to listen to life and his wife."