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Cheryl Reeve

NOTE: As of March 14, 2018

WNBA Minnesota Lynx general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve, who was a court coach during the USA’s February 2018 training camp, returns to USA Basketball as a 2018 USA National Team assistant coach. She previously served as an assistant coach for the 2014-16 USA National Team that claimed gold medals at the 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and 2016 Olympic Games. Reeve will begin working with the USA National Team during its April 24-26 training camp in Seattle and return in September to aide USA head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) through the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

“It’s very exciting and an honor to be a part of new coaching staff, and I’m excited to be able to support Dawn in her first venture as a USA National Team coach,” said Reeve, who was an assistant coach for the Charlotte Sting from 2001-02 when Staley was the Sting’s point guard.

“They always say it’s not necessarily the journey, but who you experience it with and this would apply.

“I think often about Dawn’s path, her journey. She is someone who has always had a mind for the game. Even as a player, we had a pretty strong connection in terms of the Xs and Os, how to play the game. And then to see her find success as a collegiate coach, I thought it was a no brainer when the USA National Team opportunity presented itself. For me, we’re both coaches now. We’re peers and Dawn is a collaborative type of coach. I do well with that. It’s all about, what do we all need to do to win the gold? And Dawn is about as selfless as they come.

“Dan has similar history with Dawn going back into the early years of the WNBA, and I worked for Dan and then coached against him for a number of years, so that’s a fun one for me. I’ve always been a huge fan of Dan, and to have the chance to have a journey like this with Dan and his wife Mary, it feels good. I’m also very familiar with Jen, with her being on the staff as one of the team scouts the last time around. I think we share similar competitive passion for the game, and I think this is a really solid group.”

During Reeve's stint with the 2014-16 USA National Team, the USA captured gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and 2014 FIBA World Championship, while compiling a 14-0 slate in the two official competitions and 8-1 in exhibition play.

A two-time WNBA Coach of the Year recipient (2011, 2016), Reeve was selected for her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as a court coach at the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp. However, after advancing the Lynx to its third-straight WNBA Finals appearance, Reeve was unable to participate due the timing of the Finals.

At the helm of the Lynx for eight seasons (2010 to present), Reeve, who took on the role of Lynx general manager in 2017, has compiled a 195-77 (.717 winning percentage) overall record, and captured WNBA championships in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

During Reeve's stint with the 2014-16 USA National Team, the USA captured gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and 2014 FIBA World Championship, while compiling a 14-0 slate in the two official competitions and 8-1 in exhibition play.

After a 13-21 finish in 2010, Reeve helped orchestrate the second-best turnaround in league history, capping the regular season with a 27-7 record and then winning the WNBA title. For her efforts, Reeve was named the 2011 WNBA Coach of the Year.

In 2013, she guided the Lynx to the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference standings with a 26-8 record and advanced the Lynx to its third WNBA Finals appearance in as many years, eventually claiming her second WNBA crown.

Prior to being named head coach at the Lynx, Reeve spent nine years as an assistant in the league at Charlotte (2001-02, 2004-05), Clevelend (2003) and Detroit 
(2006-09), where she aided the Shock to a pair of WNBA titles.

In all, as a head coach and assistant coach in the WNBA, Reeve has been a part of six (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) WNBA championship teams and made 10 (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) WNBA Finals appearances.

Reeve’s coaching resume includes 27 years as both an assistant and a head coach at the collegiate and WNBA levels. In 2009, Reeve served as an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, and was promoted to the team’s general manager position just three games into the season.

Hired by three-time WNBA champion head coach Bill Laimbeer, Reeve joined the Shock coaching staff in 2006 and helped the franchise reach the WNBA Finals in each of her first three years, winning WNBA titles in 2006 and 2008. During her four years with Detroit, the team held an 87-49 win-loss record and won at least 18 games each season, including 24 in 2007. Reeve also served as the Shock’s director of player personnel in 2008.

Reeve got her start in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting in 2001 when she joined Anne Donovan’s staff as an assistant coach. After posting an 8-24 record in 2000, Charlotte turned things around in Reeve’s first year, going 18-14 en route to advancing to the WNBA Finals. Reeve spent the 2002 season in Charlotte before joining Dan Hughes’ coaching staff in Cleveland for the 2003 season. Reeve returned to the Sting in 2004 and 2005 before joining Detroit in 2006. In Reeve’s nine years as an assistant in the WNBA, she compiled a 54.3 winning percentage (163-137), including seven postseason appearances and advancing to the WNBA Finals four times.

Before joining the WNBA coaching ranks, Reeve spent 12 years coaching collegiately, including a five-year stint as head coach at Indiana State University (1995-96 through 1999-2000). Reeve guided the Sycamores to the program's first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-99 campaign.

Reeve also spent five years (1990-91 through 1994-95) as an assistant coach at George Washington University. During that time, the Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament titles and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Reeve got her start in coaching at her alma matter, La Salle University, as an assistant coach for two seasons (1988-89 through 1989-90).

As a player at La Salle, Reeve led the nationally-ranked Explorers to a 25-5 record in 1987-1988. She was named All-Metro Atlantic Conference and was an All-Big 5 selection as a senior. Reeve holds the school record for most games started (110) and ranks fourth on La Salle’s career assist leader board (420).

Reeve graduated with a degree in computer science/management information systems. A Rhodes Scholar nominee, Reeve received both a MAAC Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate Award and a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1988. She went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration from her alma mater while also serving two years as an assistant coach for the Explorers.

Professional Highlights

  • Six WNBA championships (four as a head coach and two as an assistant coach)
  • 2011 and 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year

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