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Success is a Choice

May 31, 2021

Dan Hughes retired yesterday from the Seattle Storm. He has had a great career coaching and is now going to focus on the USA Women's Basketball Team. This was one of my favorite episodes when it first aired and so I wanted to release it again with the news of his retirement.

Click here for the ESPN article about his retirement.



Dan Hughes is the head coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. In just his first year with the Storm, he helped lead them to the 2018 WNBA Championship. Nobody has coached more games in the WNBA than Hughes. He has been the head coach of the Charlotte Sting (1999), Cleveland Rockers (2000-2003), San Antonio Stars (2005-2009, 2011-2016), and the Seattle Storm (2018-current). He has also coached both men and women at various college levels. 

In today’s episode, we discuss:
  • Coming out of retirement to coach the Storm to a championship.
  • What makes Gregg Popovich so good as a coach.
  • How to be a great assistant.
  • Creating a championship culture quickly.
  • His non-traditional coaching journey and how it helped him be a better coach.
  • The male and the female player he would have liked to coach.
  • … and so much more!!!

Resources, Books, and Links 


Twitter:  @Seattle Storm

Articles of interest …

Past “Success is a Choice” podcast episodes of interest . . .

Dan Hughes in Action

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Jamy Bechler is a professional speaker and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. He the author of The Leadership Playbook and The Bus Trip, a modern-day sports leadership fable. Bechler also hosts the Success is a Choice Podcast. He spent 20 years as an administrator and college basketball coach. To connect with him or find out how he can help your team, please contact or follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. You can also subscribe to leadership insights by clicking here.