On January 20, 2015, Jenny Boucek was announced as the head coach of the Seattle Storm, the fourth head coach in the history of the franchise. In her first season at the helm, Boucek guided one of the youngest teams in the WNBA to a 10-24 record.
For over 15 years, Boucek has been involved with the NBA and WNBA as a coach, player, scout and color commentator.
Boucek spent four seasons with the Storm under the leadership of Agler, rejoining the defending WNBA champions in 2010 as the Director of Player Development and Scouting. She was promoted to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Notably respected as one of the top assistants in the league, Boucek has spent much of her career as a student of the game. She served as an advanced scout with the Seattle SuperSonics, and more recently, had full access to Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisles training camp in September and October of 2014. She was involved in all coaches meetings, film and practice sessions and player meetings.
“Jenny was part of my training camp staff this past fall with the Dallas Mavericks,” said Carlisle. ”Along with being a great communicator, I consider her one of the brightest and most innovative minds we have in our game today. Seattle scored a major victory with this hire.”
Boucek has been involved in the WNBA since its inaugural season, suiting up for the Cleveland Rockers in 1997. Following a career-ending injury in 1998, she began her WNBA coaching career as an assistant with the Washington Mystics in 1999. She then spent three seasons, 2000-02, in the same capacity with the Miami Sol. Boucek enjoyed her first stint in Seattle on Anne Donovans staff from 2003-05, a span which included the franchises first WNBA Championship in 2004. Her first stop as a WNBA head coach came in Sacramento, leading the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs to a 40-41 clip over two-plus seasons, spanning 2007-09.
Boucek also played in Iceland in 1998 and was voted the countrys best player after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists. She returned to Cleveland for the 1998 season but was forced to retire due to a career-ending back injury.
A four-year starter at the University of Virginia (1992-96), Boucek helped lead the Cavaliers to four regular-season ACC Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances. She was a two-time GTE Academic All-America team member and two-time ACC selection. Boucek twice earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors and finished her career at Virginia as a member of the 1,000-point club. She also competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993.