Storm’s CFO Tricia McLean, 61, Passes Away Following Medical Emergency


Tricia McLean, the esteemed Chief Financial Officer of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, has tragically passed away at the age of 61, following a sudden medical emergency. 

The news was confirmed by the WNBA team on Thursday, marking a profound loss for both the organization and the broader sports community.

McLean breathed life into the Storm’s financial and administrative realms since her tenure began. 

Initially joining as the Vice President of Finance and Human Resources shortly after the acquisition of the Storm by the Force 10 Hoops ownership group, her dedication and expertise quickly elevated her to the role of CFO in 2014.

Tricia McLean’s Legacy at the Seattle Storm

Tricia McLean, the esteemed Chief Financial Officer of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, has tragically passed away at the age of 61, following a sudden medical emergency.

Ginny Gilder, co-owner of the Storm, expressed deep shock and sorrow at McLean’s untimely passing, emphasizing her pivotal role within the organization. 

“We are shocked by her unexpected passing, and profoundly aware of how important Tricia was to our Storm organization and the city’s sports community,” Gilder stated. “She served as a member of our leadership team, but additionally Tricia was a dear partner and friend.”

McLean’s legacy with the Storm extends far beyond her financial stewardship. She stood as a pillar of strength during some of the team’s most triumphant moments, including three of their four championship victories in 2010, 2018, and 2022. 

Her leadership was instrumental in navigating the Storm through challenging periods, such as temporary relocations due to arena renovations, the unprecedented 2020 season played in a bubble, and the triumphant return to Climate Pledge Arena in 2022.

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A Beacon of Leadership in the Seattle Storm Community

Moreover, McLean played a crucial role in advancing the Storm’s infrastructure, notably overseeing the development of the team’s new practice facility slated for opening this year. 

Her commitment to the Storm spanned years, making her the franchise’s longest-tenured employee and a beloved figure among players, staff, and fans alike.

Tricia McLean leaves behind a profound legacy of dedication, leadership, and unwavering support for the Seattle Storm. 

Beyond her professional achievements, she was a cherished wife to Chuck and a loving mother to her three children, Chelsea, Charlie, and Julianne. Her impact on the Storm and the broader basketball community will be deeply felt and remembered for years to come.

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