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Cheryl Reeve

  • As of June 20, 2019

WNBA Minnesota Lynx general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve was named as an assistant to the 2019-20 USA Basketball Women's National Team through the 2020 Olympic Games on June 20, 2019.

Reeve 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 and returned as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA World Cup Team that claimed gold and qualified the USA for the 2020 Olympics.

“Representing the USA is a tremendous honor, and I’m thrilled to once again support head coach Dawn Staley on this journey to winning gold in 2020 at the Olympics in Tokyo,” said Reeve.

In her 10th season at the helm of the Lynx (2010 to present), Reeve, who in 2017 took on the role of Lynx general manager, compiled in her first nine seasons a 213-93 (.696 winning percentage) overall record and captured WNBA championships in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

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.

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.

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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USA Basketball announced on June 20, 2019, that Dan Hughes, Cheryl Reeve and Jennifer Rizzotti would return through 2020 as assistants for the USA National Team and U.S. Olympic Team in Tokyo.

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