Seattle Storm Promotes Talisa Rhea to General Manager

Rhea helped build Storm’s last two WNBA Championship Teams as Assistant GM 

SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm is pleased to announce the promotion of Talisa Rhea to general manager. Rhea joined the organization in 2015 as a video coordinator and quickly progressed to director of basketball operations in 2016 and assistant GM in 2019.  

Rhea has played a key role in the Storm’s draft strategy over the past six years and worked closely with the coaching staff to help create an impressive roster in Seattle including two WNBA championship teams. Rhea takes over GM duties from Alisha Valavanis, who remains Storm President and CEO of both the Storm and Force 10 Hoops. 

“We are thrilled to promote Talisa to general manager and are eager to support her continued growth as a WNBA basketball executive. Talisa has the experience, basketball acumen and passion to thrive in this role,” said Valavanis. “In addition, we at the Storm are excited to continue the tradition of developing post-collegiate and professional players in roles that expand their career opportunities.”   

An Alaska native, Rhea went to Juneau-Douglas High School where she was an academic and athletic standout. Rhea, who excelled in her collegiate basketball career at both Oregon State University and Seattle Universityearned a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science from Seattle University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in sports management.  Following a professional basketball career in Poland with Centrum Wzgórze Gdynia, she returned stateside to join the Storm in 2015. 

“Talisa has been instrumental in the success the Storm have enjoyed the past three years,” said Head Coach Dan Hughes. “She is very well prepared for this opportunity.” 

“I am grateful for this promotion within the Storm organization,” said Rhea. “I feel fortunate to have experienced the Storm’s championship culture for the past six seasons and I look forward to leading our team in the pursuit of sustained excellence. I would like to thank Alisha, the Storm owners, and the entire Storm organization for this incredible opportunity.” 

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