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Minnesota Lynx extend Cheryl Reeve’s contract, promote coach/GM to president of basketball operations

Reeve’s teams have won an WNBA-record 281 games since 2010, and her 41 career playoff victories are the most in WNBA history, as well.

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Lynx coach and president of basketball operations Cheryl Reeve will also coach Team USA at the Paris Olympics.
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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Lynx have signed Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. The deal includes a promotion from general manager to president of basketball operations.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Reeve has been the Lynx’s head coach for 13 seasons, the longest in WNBA history, and led the team to league championships in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. She was named WNBA executive of the year after the 2019 season, and WNBA coach of the year three times, most recently in 2020.

“Cheryl’s impactful leadership on and off the court has guided the Lynx for more than a decade, and I’m thrilled that she is returning and additionally taking on new responsibilities as President of Basketball Operations,” Lynx owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “Cheryl’s devotion to growing the game and our league is extraordinary, and we have some exciting seasons ahead of us.”

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Cheryl Reeve

Reeve’s teams have won an WNBA-record 281 games since 2010, and her 41 career playoff victories are the most in WNBA history, as well. She is the only head coach to reach the WNBA postseason in 11 straight seasons with the same franchise.

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“I appreciate the confidence that Glen and Becky Taylor have shown in me through the years and am excited to have the opportunity to continue to lead the Lynx organization into the future,” Reeve said in a statement. “Minnesota has been a great home to me and my family and I simply love being a part of the Twin Cities community. The Lynx fanbase is the best in all of the WNBA and I look forward to building on the successes we have had as an organization.”

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This fall, Reeve coached USA Basketball to a gold medal in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Australia, securing a bid to the 2024 Paris Olympics. She will coach that team, as well.

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