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Storm Head Coach Noelle Quinn Announces 2022 Coaching Staff

January 21, 2022 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Seattle Storm News Release


SEATTLE - Seattle Storm Head Coach Noelle Quinn announced the additions of Pokey Chatman and Ebony Hoffman to her coaching staff for the 2022 season.

"I'm very excited to add Pokey and Ebony to our coaching staff," said Quinn, who enters her first full season as Storm head coach in 2022. "Both women are passionate about the game and exceptional teachers. They know what it takes to win at all levels and can help continue the championship culture in Seattle."

Chatman brings over two decades of coaching experience to the Storm, including nine seasons in the WNBA with Chicago and Indiana, and an impressive 105-19 record in four seasons at LSU.

"Pokey brings passion, dedication, and most importantly a wealth of experience to our staff," said Quinn. "Her basketball knowledge and expertise will elevate us in all aspects of the game."

In eight seasons leading the Sky, Chatman posted a 106-98 record, guiding the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2013 and to the WNBA finals in 2014. Prior to Chicago, Chatman spent four years at her alma mater LSU, leading the Tigers to three-straight NCAA Final Four appearances and an .847 winning percentage.

Chatman's first foray into professional coaching came in 2007 when she served as an assistant coach for Club Spartak Moscow Region. After being elevated to head coach in 2009-10, Chatman's squad-which featured Sue Bird at the point-recorded its fourth-straight EuroLeague Championship with a perfect 16-0 record. In 2010-11, Spartak again reached the EuroLeague Final, this time with Quinn and Epiphanny Prince on the squad along with Bird.

Hoffman played 11 seasons in the WNBA with Indiana, Los Angeles, and Connecticut, including the 2011 season in LA with Quinn. Her best season came in 2008 in Indiana when she earned Most Improved Player after averaging 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game for the Fever. After retiring from the league, Hoffman has worked in various coaching positions, serving this season as a coaching consultant with Raptors 905 of the NBA G-League. In addition, she has worked within the NBA Academy and in 2021 was named an assistant coach for the South Sudan women's national team.

"Ebony enjoyed a very successful career in the W," said Quinn. "Toughness, grit, and hard work were a staple to her game, and these qualities will shine through in her coaching role."

Hoffman was a two-time All-American honorable mention and three-time First Team All-Pac-10 pick at USC from 2001-04. She wrapped up her career ranked No. 8 on the Trojan's all-time scoring list with 1,687 points and No. 7 in rebounds with 1,003.

Perry Huang, who was elevated to assistant coach during the 2021 season, rounds out the 2022 staff. Huang joined the Storm in 2018 as a video coordinator and is entering his 10th season of coaching at a variety of levels including six seasons in the G-League. In 2018-19, Huang was an assistant coach for the NAZ Suns (Phoenix Suns G-League affiliate) and has spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans affiliate, now in Birmingham.

"Perry is one of the hardest working coaches I know and he is an extremely valuable member of our staff," said Quinn. "His passion for the game is evident and his dedication ensures we will maintain a standard of excellence on the court."

The Seattle Storm opens the 2022 season on Friday, May 6, hosting the Minnesota Lynx its return home to play its first full season in Seattle since 2018 at the newly renovated Climate Pledge Arena. Tickets are available at http://ticketcentral.seattlestormbasketball.com, or by calling 206-217-WNBA (9622).


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