New Lynx assistant Katie Smith on her return to Minnesota ‘There’s a connection’

Kaite Smith played for the Lynx for seven seasons.

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January 21, 2020 - 3:36 pm
25 Jun 2001: Katie Smith #30 of the Minnesota Lynx gets ready to shoot the ball during the game against the Washington Mystics at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

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The Minnesota Lynx have an all-female coaching staff for the first time since 2005 after the team’s last  male assistants earned head coaching opportunities in the WNBA.

Former Lynx player and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Katie Smith visited Cory Hepola at News Talk 830 WCCO to talk about her new role as a Lynx assistant coach, including reuniting with Cheryl Reeve and her first memories in Minnesota.

She said that the community supporting women’s basketball in Minnesota makes it a place where people in the sport want to work — and she’s glad to be back.

“There's a connection with the players, with Cheryl, with everything. It's like there's a more of that personal connection, so I just feel like that makes it special and that makes people want to come — win, lose or whatever. They want to be a part of it and get to know these players and to be a part of something special.” 

The Lynx open the season May 15. The first home game is May 17.

Listen to the full interview here:


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