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Cheryl Reeve

Cheryl Reeve
Name: Cheryl Reeve
Sport: Basketball
Role: Head Coach to Minnesota Lynx
Nationality: America

Reeve got her start in the?WNBA?with the?Charlotte Sting?in 2001 when she joined?Anne Donovan?s staff as an assistant. After posting an 8-24 record the year previous, Charlotte turned things around in Reeve?s first year by going 18-14 and advancing to the?WNBA Finals. They followed in 2002, with another 18-14 mark and their second straight appearance in the postseason.

Following the 2002 campaign, Donovan left to become the head coach of the?Seattle Storm, and?Dan Hughes?and the?Cleveland Rockers?hired Reeve away from Charlotte. The Rockers advanced to the playoffs that year, but in the offseason ownership decided to cease operation of the team making Reeve a coaching free agent. She rejoined the Sting staff for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Reeve then spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the?Detroit Shock, also serving as the team’s last general manager before they moved to?Tulsa.

Prior to joining the WNBA, Reeve served as head coach at?Indiana State?in?Terre Haute, Indiana?from 1995-1999. She improved the team?s record each season, and led the squad to its first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-1999 campaign. Reeve also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington. The Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and appeared in four NCAA tournaments during Reeve?s stint at GW.

Cheryl Reeve coached at?Indiana State?from 1995 – mid season 2000 finally being replaced by her assistant coach Jim Wiedie.

Reeve was named the head coach of the?Minnesota Lynx?on December 8, 2009. In her?first season, the Lynx went 13-21, missing the playoffs. The team was hampered by injuries to?Candace Wiggins?and?Seimone Augustus. At one point, a frustrated Reeve said bluntly, “We are a bad basketball team. It starts at the top. I have not been able to get them to understand defensively what we need to get done and, clearly, our offense is one of the worst in the league.”

The Lynx improved dramatically in?2011. With Wiggins and Augustus back healthy, and with the addition of rookie?Maya Moore, the team got off to a quick start and did not falter throughout the regular season, finishing with a league-best 27-7 record. The dramatic turnaround earned Reeve the?WNBA Coach of the Year Award?in just her second year as a head coach at the professional level.??The Lynx finished what they started, losing only one game in the playoffs en route to their first?WNBA?championship.

Reeve took her team back to the playoffs in her third year. The team qualified for the playoffs after just 21 games, the fastest in franchise history. Reeve became the winningest coach in Lynx franchise history on August 26, 2012, with a win over the?Atlanta Dream.?The Lynx went on to lose to the?Indiana Fever?in the WNBA Finals.

In 2013, Reeve and her staff coached the WNBA Western Conference All-Star Team, as the Lynx had won the conference championship the previous year. Reeve’s squad included four Lynx players –?Seimone Augustus,?Maya Moore,?Rebekkah Brunson, and?Lindsay Whalen. Reeve’s team ended up winning the game, 102-98.[5]Reeve’s team then swept through the playoffs, going 7-0 en route to their second?championship?under her leadership.

Reeve is currently the winningest coach in franchise history, both in terms of victories and winning percentage, and by percentage the winningest coach in WNBA history. She won her 100th regular season game on June 2, 2014, in a victory over the?San Antonio Stars.