TULSA — Former Northeastern A&M Lady Norse coach Brian Agler learned Sunday he will be the head coach for a team of WNBA stars in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.
Agler nailed down the honor following Sunday’s 83-72 victory over the Tulsa Shock.
The game will be played Saturday, July 10 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Agler was Lady Norse head coach from 1984-88, posting a 124-42 record.
In 1985-86, the Lady Norse (30-2) were ranked second nationally.
Agler is in his third season as coach of the Storm, which improved to 13-2 (.867) with the win against Tulsa.
“I am looking forward to it, but I was looking forward to watching my daughter (Taylor) play in Chicago that day,” Agler said following Sunday’s win. “Now I have to figure out if I can go through Chicago or maybe go through Ohio and then to Chicago so I can catch a day or two. We will get it worked out.”
The USA National Team, comprised of players from the USA National Team pool, is coached by Geno Auriemma of two-time defending national champion Connecticut.
His assistants will be Los Angeles Sparks head coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors.
Participating players were determined through the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” balloting presented by T-Mobile USA program.
Fans voted for the top 10 players in the WNBA, regardless of conference or position. The league will unveiled those players Tuesday, and each of them is guaranteed a position on the team rosters.
Unlike previous years, the players selected by fans will not necessarily be starters.
Any player voted in who is already in the USA National Team pool will play on the USA Basketball team.
The remaining players voted in by the fans will play on the WNBA team.
“It’s going to be fun,” Agler said. “I’ve never done that in the WNBA. I have in the ABL (when at Columbus in the now-defunct American Basketball League), but it will be a good experience.”