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Cheryl Reeve 2022 Women's World Cup

Cheryl Reeve Named USA Basketball’s National Team Coach of the Year

  • Author:
    Ethan Olson, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Dec 7, 2022

Heading into her first major tournament as head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, Cheryl Reeve said she wanted to bring more fast-paced play to the international stage.

 

“We want to be a team that plays with some really good pace,” Reeve told usab.com in September, just before leaving for Sydney to guide the U.S. at the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. “I think every coach will sit here and tell you that. It’s one of the most annoying things coaches do, but I think making sure that our players understand what that means is critical. It’s not a sometime sort of thing.”

 

Now a year into her tenure, Reeve has applied that pace and more. After leading the U.S. to its fourth consecutive championship at the World Cup in October, Reeve has been recognized as USA Basketball’s National Team Coach of the Year.

 

“Cheryl stepped into the head coaching spotlight with 2022 Women’s National Team and delivered,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said. “Winning our fourth consecutive World Cup title is a tremendous accomplishment, but how Cheryl achieved this is equally as impressive, with multiple records set throughout the tournament. Our USA Women’s National Team, led by Cheryl, continues to inspire generations of girls to get on the court and play basketball.”

 

Reeve was no stranger to USA Basketball when she took over as head coach in December 2021.

 

Prior to that, Reeve served as an assistant for the Women’s National Team, helping the squad win five gold medals: two Olympic golds (2016, 2020), two World Cup golds (2014, 2018) and a 2019 AmeriCup gold.

 

Now as a head coach, Reeve’s teams have continued to excel. In Sydney, the U.S. dominated the opposition while also breaking some records.

 

The Americans defeated China in the World Cup title game by a margin of 22 points, the largest in women’s World Cup final history. The women made easy work of their opponents throughout the tournament as well. They went 8-0, defeating Belgium, Puerto Rico, China, South Korea and Bosnia & Herzegovina in the group phase. The Americans then eased through their knockout games against Serbia and Canada to reach the final, beating the pair by a combined 171-98.

 

Reeve’s focus on pace made a real difference on the offensive side of the ball. Her team broke a U.S. record in average point differential, beating teams by an average of 40.7 points.

 

26-year-old A’ja Wilson highlighted the energized attack that Reeve preached and averaged the second-highest points per game in the tournament with 17.2. Wilson was also named the World Cup MVP.

 

In addition to her USA Basketball duties, Reeve continues to serve as head coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. Since taking over as Lynx head coach in 2010, Reeve has led Minnesota to four WNBA titles. In this time, she also has been named WNBA Coach of the Year three times (2011, 2016, 2020). Reeve took over as Minnesota’s general manager in 2017 and was named the 2019 WNBA Executive of the Year.

 

This is Reeve’s first honor with USA Basketball and is one of several end-of-season awards that will be announced throughout the month.

Ethan Olson is a freelance contributor to usab.com.

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