After 12 years in the WNBA, Quinn is moving to the sidelines and will start her coaching career with the Storm.
Noelle Quinn, who helped the Storm to a WNBA title last year as a backup guard, is trading in her basketball shoes for a coaches’ whistle.
The veteran guard announced she’s retiring, which puts an end to a 12-year career, and plans to join the Storm’s coaching staff next season as an assistant.
“To be able to play over a decade in the world’s best league has been a dream come true,” Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “I’ve been fortunate to share the floor with legendary players and learn from outstanding coaches. Winning a championship in Seattle is definitely the highlight of my career to date, and I am looking forward to the transition to the coaching staff.”
Quinn replaces Crystal Robinson, who spent just one season in Seattle before moving on to Dallas as an assistant.
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Originally a fourth overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft, Quinn, a former UCLA star, began her career in Minnesota where she spent two years with the Lynx. She played three years with the Los Angeles Sparks (2009-11) and a year in Washington (2012) before joining the Storm in 2013 for two years.
After a year and half in Phoenix, the Storm traded for Quinn in 2016 and she spent her final two seasons in Seattle.
Quinn averaged 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while appearing in 382 games and starting 154.
“It is rare to see players compete in this league for as long as Noelle did,” Storm general manager Alisha Valavanis said. “It is a true testament to her dedication to the game and her understanding of how to be a professional in this league. We are thrilled to have her transition from the court to the bench with us.”
For the past three years, Quinn has spent her WNBA offseason serving as the girls’ basketball head coach at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif., where she was a standout on the court from 1999-2003.
In her first year on the sideline, Quinn led Bishop Montgomery to the Southern Section state championship and last season the Lady Knights won the Del Rey League title.
“We are excited for Noelle to begin her professional coaching with the Storm,” Storm coach Dan Hughes said. “Her high school coaching the last three years is invaluable, and along with her experience as a player and great teammate with Storm, she will be a wonderful part of the coaching staff.”