Former Woodway High School basketball standout Karen Bryant, the long-time CEO of the Seattle Storm basketball team, announced Friday that she is leaving the organization at the end of the 2014 season.
“I’m writing to inform you that after 14 amazing years I’ve decided that the time is right for me to step away from the Storm,” Bryant wrote in letter to Storm. “I will remain with the organization through a good part of the season as the ownership group looks to land my replacement around the All-Star Break.
Bryant graduated from Woodway High School in 1986 and left high school with a girls basketball state championship and All-State honors. She concluded her playing career in 1991 as a member of the UW Husky women’s basketball team who qualified for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite 8.
Bryant got her start in professional sports when she was recruited by the American Basketball League to serve as the Seattle Reign’s Director of Operations during the team’s inaugural season in 1996. After the ABL folded, she was hired by the Ackerley family and the Seattle SuperSonics in 1999 to help bring a WNBA expansion team to Seattle. With Bryant’s leadership and the support of the Sonics, Seattle was awarded a WNBA franchise and the Storm played its inaugural season in 2000. After the Sonics departed for Oklahoma, Bryant was named President & CEO by the new ownership group – Force 10 Hoops.