The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension. Reeve also moves from General Manager to President of Basketball Operations. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“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,” said Reeve. “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.”
“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,” said Lynx owner Glen Taylor. “Cheryl’s devotion to growing the game and our league is extraordinary, and we have some exciting seasons ahead of us.”
The 2023 season will mark Reeve’s 14th season as Lynx Head Coach and first as President of Basketball Operations. Reeve previously served as both General Manager and Head Coach for the past five seasons. In 2019, Reeve was named the WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year. Additionally, at the conclusion of the 2020 WNBA regular season, Reeve was named Coach of the Year for the third time in her career, tying Van Chancellor and Mike Thibault for most all-time.
Under Reeve, the Lynx have compiled 281 regular season wins over the last 13 seasons, the longest tenure in WNBA history. Since taking over in 2010, Reeve’s 281 wins at the helm (.654 winning percentage) are the most in league history and makes her one of just two coaches ever to win more than 65% of their games (Van Chancellor, .655; min 100 games). Her 41 career playoff victories are the most in WNBA history as well as her .661 (41-21) winning percentage in the playoffs ranking first leaguewide. Reeve is the only head coach to reach the WNBA Playoffs in 11 straight seasons with the same franchise, the second-longest run in the league (Indiana 2005-2016).
Reeve has guided the Lynx to four WNBA championships since joining the organization. The first championship in franchise history came in 2011, with Reeve being named the WNBA Coach of the Year after leading Minnesota to a league-best 27-7 regular season record. Reeve has gone on to lead the Lynx to additional WNBA championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Reeve also won two championships with the former Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008 as an assistant coach.
Reeve was named the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Head Coach in 2021. This fall, she led USA Basketball to a gold medal in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Australia, securing a bid to the 2024 Paris Olympics in which Reeve will continue to lead USAB.
(info courtesy of Lynx)