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Cheryl Reeve

  • As of Dec. 8, 2021

Minnesota Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve, who as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team helped the U.S. claim gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games and 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Cups, will take the reins of the program as USA National Team head coach through 2024.

In addition to USA National Team training camps and exhibition games, Reeve will lead the USA at the 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Washington, D.C.; the 2022 FIBA World Cup in Sydney, Australia; and, if the USA qualifies, the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

In addition to the combined four gold medals in the Olympics and FIBA World Cups, Reeve was on the bench as an assistant when the USA claimed the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup and, in all, has assisted USA teams to a 57-4 overall record, including a spotless 38-0 slate in official FIBA competitions. During the 2019-20 USA National Team’s expanded training, Reeve stepped in for then-USA head coach Dawn Staley, who was unable to coach due to her collegiate coaching commitments and acted as the team’s lead coach during the 2019-20 college tour (4-1), 2019 FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament (3-0) and 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (3-0).

A three-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2011, 2016 and 2020), Reeve was the 2019 WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year and has earned six WNBA titles, four as a head coach (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and two as an assistant coach (2006 and 2008).

Having completed in 2021 her 12th season at the helm of the Lynx (2010 to present), Reeve, who in 2017 took on the role of Lynx general manager, has compiled a 267-127 (.678 winning percentage) record and a 41-21 (.661 winning percentage) playoff slate.

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), Cleveland (2003) and Detroit (2006-09), where she aided the Shock to a pair of WNBA titles.

In 2019, after losing Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, who were integral in Minnesota's WNBA title runs, Reeve selected eventual Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier, made some instrumental trades and finished with an 18-16 slate and a playoff berth. She earned the 2019 WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year award for her efforts.

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. She won the award again in 2016 after leading the Lynx to a league-best 28-6 record.


 

Reeve’s coaching resume includes 28 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

  • Assistant coach to five gold medal winning USA Basketball teams, including the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Olympic Teams, 2014 and 2018 USA World Cup Teams and 2019 USA AmeriCup Team.
  • Six WNBA championships (four as a head coach and two as an assistant coach)
  • 2011, 2016 and 2020 WNBA Coach of the Year
  • 2019 WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year
 

CHERYL REEVE’S USA BASKETBALL COACHING RECORD

 

Event/Team

Role

Record

Finish

2020 Olympic Games

Assistant Coach

6-0

Gold Medal

2021 USA National Team

Assistant Coach

1-2

N/A

2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Lead Coach

3-0

N/A

2019-20 USA National Team

Lead Coach

4-1

N/A

2019 FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Lead Coach

3-0

N/A

2019 FIBA AmeriCup

Assistant Coach

6-0

Gold Medal

2018 FIBA World Cup

Assistant Coach

6-0

Gold Medal

2018 USA National Team

Assistant Coach

6-0

N/A

2016 Olympic Games

Assistant Coach

8-0

Gold Medal

2016 USA National Team

Assistant Coach

4-0

N/A

2014 FIBA World Cup

Assistant Coach

6-0

Gold Medal

2014 National Team

Assistant Coach

4-1

N/A

TOTALS

57-4 (.934)

5 Gold Medals






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