San Antonio Stars – The Stars organization had its roots in Salt Lake City, playing as the Utah Starzz from 1997 to 2002. While in the Beehive State, the franchise went through four coaches, including former Jazz skipper Frank Layden, and compiled an 87-99 record and two playoff appearances.
The club moved to San Antonio in 2003 and changed its name to the Silver Stars. The change of venue and mascot yielded less than pleasant results from 2003 to 2006. Following 19-13 and 20-12 campaigns in 2001 and 2002, the Silver Stars posted a meager 41 victories in their first four seasons in Texas.
San Antonio turned its fortunes around in 2007, though, beginning the most successful stretch in franchise history. The Silver Stars notched six straight playoff berths while posting three 20 or more win seasons over the next six years. The club also reached its first and only WNBA Finals in 2008, defeating Sacramento and Los Angeles in the Western Conference Playoffs before losing 0-3 to the Detroit Shock in the championship round.
In 2014, San Antonio dropped the word ‘Silver’ from its moniker and officially became the ‘Stars’. The team, like its NBA counterpart the Spurs, calls the AT&T Center home.
Dan Hughes is the longest tenured coach in franchise history, taking over on the bench in 2005. Natalie Williams, Becky Hammon, Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young are just a few notable players to wear the Stars uniform.