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Whalen Not Sure When She’ll Leave Lynx

Gopher's Introduce Lindsay Whalen as their Next Coach

April 13, 2018 - 5:02 pm

To a crowd of fans and reporters at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota, former Gopher, and current WNBA star Lindsay Whalen was introduced as the new head coach of the women’s basketball team.

“I always figured at some point in my life this might happen and it’s happening now,” said Whalen. “I’m very honored and excited to take on this opportunity and this challenge.”

Whalen said her goal every year will be to make it to a Final Four, like she and Gophers did in 2004.  She says that experience changed her life. She said the hall of fame coaches she's played for has prepared her for a coaching career.

“I’ve played for some of the best coaches in women’s basketball, Pam Borton, Cheryl Reeve, Mike Thibault, Geno Auriemma. I’ve learned so much from them throughout the years. I can’t wait to use those experiences, and use those different things that you guys have taught me throughout the years to be able to really implement that to the team. It should be a great ride,” she said.

Whalen's five your contract will start with a base salary of $400,000 a year, and increase from there. 

She told reporters she will play this next season with the Minnesota Lynx, but would not say if this would be her final season with the reigning WNBA champions.

“I feel like all of us in here are on the same team, we’re on the same page, so we’ll just continue to talk after every season,” said Whalen. “After this season we’ll just talk about where we’re at and how I’m feeling and how I’m doing.” 

Whalen said this summer will be busy, with 17 homes games and 17 away games with the Lynx. She’ll also be balancing her time recruiting players for the University and plans to stay close to her phone while on the road.

She's replacing former Gopher Coach Marlene Stollings who recently took a job at Texas Tech. The Gophers made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

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