SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm today announced that Head Coach Dan Hughes has been diagnosed with cancer. Under the care of Dr. Henry Kaplan and Dr. Adam Pourcho, Hughes will undergo surgery performed by Dr. Amir Bastawrous at the Swedish First Hill Campus prior to the team’s 2019 season opener. No further timetable will be given at this time.
“Our thoughts and support are with Dan, Mary and their family,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm CEO and General Manager. “Dan’s health is a top priority and the Storm will stand beside him on this journey. The coaching staff is in place and will support should any time be missed for recovery.”
In his first year at the helm of the Storm, Hughes guided the team to a league-best 26-8 record en route to the 2018 WNBA Championship. Hughes today released a video statement addressing his diagnosis.