Reeve gets an extension, an upgrade to Lynx prez

Reeve gets an extension, an upgrade to Lynx prez

The organization announced Thursday that Sheryl Reeve will return to the WNBA’s Minnesota Links as head coach after signing a multi-year contract extension while also transitioning from general manager to chief of basketball operations.

Reeve told reporters on Thursday that her contract is for five years, the longest she has signed with the organization.

“I wanted to be here,” Reeve said. “I’ve always known that, we even started this process. And I feel lucky to have been able to stay here as long as I was.”

Reeve has served as a head coach for Minnesota since 2010, collecting 281 regular season wins, the most in the league in that period. She is one of two WNBA coaches who have won more than 65% of matches in their career, with at least 100 coaches coaching them.

Lynx won four championships under Reeve (in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and held the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons until that streak was cut after a 14-22 campaign in 2022. Its qualifying victories are 41 (with 661. percentage wins). in postseason) is the best mark in the league.

“Professional sport, you don’t necessarily have that opportunity to keep going all the time,” Reeve said. “I feel very fortunate to have that opportunity.” “We do it the way I would have liked it to be when I was young. Longevity and loyalty and those things, for me, that’s central to who I am and who I want to be and who I want to surround myself with.”

News of the extension follows speculation that Reeve—three-time WNBA coach of the year and one-time Executive Director of the League of the Year—could be poached by another franchise in the Offseason, especially with Lynx moving into new ownership under Mark Lower and Alex Rodriguez. There have been four job openings as head coaches so far (Los Angeles Sparks, Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings and Connecticut Sun) across 12 WNBA markets.

Reeve said she requested “clarification not to be gullible” from Lore and Rodriguez – who have joined the Lynx and Timberwolves property group but have yet to control the owners – about their vision for the franchise, and have reached “a level of comfort – and enthusiasm, not just comfort – for what I think He is waiting for us with respect to the commitment that I think is necessary.”

“I had phone conversations with [Lore] Which led me to believe he’d be someone who would be interested in moving the league forward in an important way, like we hear from some of the other franchises in the league,” Reeve said. I have a vision for Mark and Alex and their ownership to be among that group that doesn’t care about the status quo in terms of how we treat women’s sports, particularly the WNBA, and who really has an interest in bringing this thing to the next level of investment, support, whatever we need, whatever you’re going to deal With Timberwolves, that’s how you’ll handle Lynx. “

Reeve added that she would like to “bring [Lore and Rodriguez] Come closer and touch and feel the product more,” which she said they are eager to do even though their ownership is not yet complete. As for her promotion to Head of Basketball Operations, Reeve quipped, “He kept my son [Reeve’s wife, Lynx president of business operations Carley Knox] In the higher field, I asked [Lynx owner Glenn Taylor] If he was open to the idea that maybe I could be on an equal footing here at home, and he was bound to. And you think I’m kidding.”

“Cheryl’s influential leadership on and off the court has guided Lynx for more than a decade, and I am delighted that she is returning and taking on new responsibilities as Chief of Basketball Operations,” Taylor said in a statement. “Cheryl’s dedication to developing the game and our league is extraordinary, and we have some exciting seasons ahead of us.”

Before becoming head coach for Lynx, Reeve won two titles as an assistant at the Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008. She was also named head coach for the USA women’s national basketball team in 2021, and led the United States to a gold medal in the 2022 FIBA ​​Cup world in Australia.

Reeve’s first task under her new contract is to usher Lynx into a new era following the retirement of legend Sylvia Fowles at the end of the 2022 season.

“I am active with a team that we can put together to get back into the competition, and I want that to be clear,” Reeve said. “It’s not about ‘maybe we can put together a decent team,’ that kind of thing. It’s not going to be the way we’re going to do things. Expectations are high for the Minnesota Lynns and this franchise. We’ve been the gold standard in this league, and we’re on a mission to get back to that.”

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