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August 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Transcript: Karen Bryant’s farewell speech as longtime Storm executive

Retiring Storm executive Karen Bryant addresses KeyArena PHOTO: DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES Karen Bryant officially retired Thursday as the Storm’s longtime executive. She was the organization’s first employee hired in 1999 and ushered the 15-year-old franchise through four ownership changes, two WNBA championships and one break from the NBA. For Bryant’s service, the current…


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June 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Storm names replacement for longtime executive Karen Bryant

The Storm revamped its front-office to ultimately replace Karen Bryant, the organization’s first employee hired in 1999. Bryant, 46, announced in January she would resign as team president and CEO on July 31. Alisha Valavanis, a former Cal assistant athletics director of development, was named Storm chief operating officer on Wednesday. She’ll oversee…


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June 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Storm ticket deal in honor of 15th anniversary, Karen Bryant

From the Storm: Seattle Storm Announces $15 Tickets for 15th Anniversary Game All Remaining Tickets for July 31 will be $15 to Celebrate 15 Years of Storm Basketball and Karen Bryant’s Final Game as Storm President & CEO SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm has announced plans to celebrate its 15th Anniversary during the team’s July 31 game…


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May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

A 13-year-old’s query about equality returns Storm-Seahawks debate to spotlight

I asked a colleague to see if he could find the origin of the widely accepted “Big 4” sports term used in media. You know, the quantifier to keep the conversation to the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL? So far we can’t find an origin or reason why hockey is even included over soccer, which…


Comments | More in Storm, Twitter, WNBA | Topics: Cheryl Reeve, Karen Bryant, Seahawks

February 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Storm makes it official, All-Star Lauren Jackson will miss the 2014 WNBA season

From the Storm: Lauren Jackson to Miss 2014 Storm Season Jackson to rehab right knee, left Achilles SEATTLE – Following Monday’s surgery on Lauren Jackson’s right knee and left Achilles, the Seattle Storm and Jackson have announced that she will not return to Seattle for the 2014 Storm season. “I’m so sad that I can’t play this year…


Comments | More in Overseas Hoops, Storm | Topics: Brian Agler, Karen Bryant, Lauren Jackson

February 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Storm fans’ “major” problem with Super Bowl XLVIII coverage

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Storm CEO and president Karen Bryant at a Tulsa Shock game. Sherman is close friends with Shock guard Candice Wiggins, a fellow Stanford graduate. FOX cut from the Seahawks’ domination of Super Bowl XLVIII to show images of its interpretation of the city’s only other champion — the 1979 Sonics…


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January 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Karen Bryant resigns as Storm president and CEO


Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant

Longtime Storm executive Karen Bryant resigned on Friday. The team is searching for a replacement for when her term ends at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

“I feel that now is the right time to step away from the Storm,” Bryant said in a released statement. “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished the past 14 seasons. Right now, I am focused and excited about the upcoming celebration of the Storm’s 15th anniversary season.”

Bryant, 46, was the team’s first employee when Seattle was awarded a franchise in 1999. She previously was part of the defunct Seattle Reign, helping the city transition from harsh perceptions about the WNBA and its possible involvement in the dissolving of the ABL in December 1998.

A native of Edmonds who currently resides in Leschi, Bryant used her Washington roots to build the Storm into one on the league’s ideal franchises with a passionate fan base and perennial All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson who led Seattle to two WNBA championships (2004, 2010). The Storm advanced to a WNBA-record 10th playoff appearance in 2013, losing in the opening round to the eventual champion Minnesota.

Bryant led the Storm through four ownership groups, three coaches, two championships and one split from the NBA when the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

News of Bryant’s departure comes at a tenuous time for the WNBA. On Thursday, Los Angeles Sparks chairman Paula Madison announced her family-owned company could no longer be involved with the charter franchise. NBA commissioner David Stern, who initiated the birth of the league, is retiring in February and the CBA expired in September.


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January 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Former Storm coach Anne Donovan returns to WNBA as Connecticut Sun’s leader

Anne Donovan

The first female coach to win a WNBA championship as leader of the Seattle Storm, Anne Donovan was formally announced as the new Connecticut Sun coach Thursday. Donovan is currently the head coach at Seton Hall and will resign at the conclusion of the college season.

The Pirates are 5-8 this season and 2-30 overall in Big East play since Donovan took the position in 2010.

Donovan replaces Mike Thibault at Connecticut. He coached the Sun for 10 seasons and in a unique twist, Donovan’s Storm defeated Thibault’s Sun for the 2004 WNBA title.

“This was a pretty rapid process, it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that we’ve spoken several times and reached an agreement,” said Donovan at press conference Thursday that was streamed live on YouTube. She’s currently one of five female coaches in the WNBA.

“I am really excited to join the Connecticut Sun,” she said.

Donovan was hired by Seattle in 2003. She made risky offseason moves in free-agency to form a championship team in 2004. However the roster, which included stars Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Finals MVP Betty Lennox, began to deteriorate after the title. Donovan abruptly resigned via email in November 2007. She had one year remaining on her contract, prohibiting her from coaching elsewhere in the WNBA in 2008.


Comments | More in Olympics, Storm, WNBA | Topics: Anne Donovan, Brian Agler, Karen Bryant

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