By Aimee Cooper, Manager of Public & Community Relations, Tulsa Shock
“The ownership group is very appreciative of Coach Kloppenburg’s efforts the last two seasons,” Tulsa Shock owner and managing partner Sam Combs III said. “This was a difficult decision for the franchise. Coach Kloppenburg and his staff have been instrumental in helping to move this team forward. He is a man of character and we wish him success in his future endeavors. Ultimately it comes down to wins and losses.”
“This was a not an easy decision given our personal and working relationship, but we decided to make this change with the ultimate goal of bringing a WNBA championship to Tulsa,” Tulsa Shock president Steve Swetoha said. “I’m confident Gary will do well in the future. We are actively searching for a replacement for the 2014 season.”
Kloppenburg was named Tulsa’s head coach in January, 2012. In his two years with the Shock, Kloppenburg finished with a 20-49 record. Previously, Kloppenburg was assistant coach for four seasons under head coach Lin Dunn with the Indiana Fever.