A 12-year WNBA veteran, WNBA champion as a participant and now main one of many prime groups within the West? Few have the résumé of Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn. She has each causes to boast, but after talking with Quinn, it’s clear that’s not her type.
Quinn’s journey by means of basketball began unexpectedly, however it’s been one which has led her to the highest of the ladies’s basketball world.
“Basketball sort of discovered me,” Quinn tells WSLAM. “I feel I simply naturally picked it up and naturally simply loved the sport.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Quinn first appeared in a League taking part in towards and alongside boys. That on-court toughness translated when she would watch the Showtime Lakers in her youth. Fortunately quickly sufficient, the inaugural season of the WNBA started between the Sparks and Liberty on the Nice Western Discussion board. Quinn remembers watching icons similar to Lisa Leslie and Penny Toler together with her mom and witnessing the vitality and assist of knowledgeable ladies’s sports activities staff in L.A.
But, it wasn’t till the Sparks moved to the STAPLES Middle and Quinn received older that she realized, “I can really be taking part in there someday.” Quinn wouldn’t solely go on to play there however coach on the historic enviornment as nicely.
All through her embellished taking part in profession, it wasn’t till the tip that she considered being a coach. After simply two seasons as an assistant, Quinn was tapped to take over the pinnacle coach position after Dan Hughes introduced his retirement. The smile on her face confirms she made the suitable choice.
A participant’s coach, Quinn stresses that she doesn’t change her demeanor and who she is exterior or within the traces. Specializing in relationships and accepting that every thing occurs for a purpose is what she credit her journey to. Quinn embodies a job mannequin in all methods doable. Her coronary heart and values sum up the mentor and chief she is.
“I prefer to function from a coronary heart house, I pour my coronary heart into a whole lot of issues. Clearly you need to achieve success, however you need to do it in the suitable method, deal with individuals the suitable method.”
Quinn is fast to notice how lucky she is to be in her place. Everybody sees the accolades, however few know the dedication and work that goes into teaching at her degree. Her guiding drive by means of all of it? Her mother. She credit her for the place she is immediately.
“Every thing I do and try to do in my life is to honor her and make her proud.”
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