Cheryl Reeve

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Cheryl Reeve
Cheryl Reeve speaking at a tribute to Sylvia Fowles (cropped).jpg
Reeve in 2022
Minnesota Lynx
Position Head coach, President of Basketball Operations
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1966-09-20) September 20, 1966 (age 56)
Gloucester County, New Jersey, U.S.
Career information
High school Washington Township
(Sewell, New Jersey)
College La Salle (1984–1988)
Coaching career1988–present
Career history
1988–1990 La Salle (assistant)
1990–1995 George Washington (assistant)
1995–2000 Indiana State
20012002 Charlotte Sting (assistant)
2003 Cleveland Rockers (assistant)
20042005 Charlotte Sting (assistant)
20062009 Detroit Shock (assistant)
2010–present Minnesota Lynx
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:

As assistant coach:

Cheryl Reeve (born September 20, 1966) is an American basketball head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. [1] Reeve has coached the Lynx to four league championships. In WNBA history, she has the highest winning percentage, she has won the most games of any female coach, and she has won the most postseason games of any coach. [2] [3] Reeve was named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2011, [4] 2016, [5] and 2020 [6] and WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year in 2019. [7]


Early life and education

Reeve grew up in Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey and graduated from Washington Township High School in 1984, where she was part of the school's first team to make the state finals. [8] In 1988, Reeve was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and received a MAAC Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate Award and an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science that year and then an MBA, both from La Salle University. [9]

Coaching career

Reeve started out as assistant coach at her alma mater, La Salle for two years. She was then an assistant at George Washington for five years. The Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and appeared in four NCAA tournaments during Reeve's stint at George Washington. Her first head coaching position was with the Indiana State Sycamores from 1995 to December 1 of the 2000–2001 season (replaced by her assistant coach Jim Wiedie). [10] [11] [12] [13] She improved the team's record each year for the first four seasons, and led the squad to its first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-1999 campaign. She's currently tied with Kay Riek for 5th in Wins among Lady Sycamore annals

Reeve got her start in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting in 2001 when she joined Anne Donovan’s staff as an assistant. After posting an 8-24 record the year previous, Charlotte turned things around in Reeve’s first year by going 18-14 and advancing to the WNBA Finals. They followed in 2002, with another 18-14 mark and their second straight appearance in the postseason.

Following the 2002 campaign, Donovan left to become the head coach of the Seattle Storm, and Dan Hughes and the Cleveland Rockers hired Reeve away from Charlotte. The Rockers advanced to the playoffs that year, but in the offseason ownership decided to cease operation of the team making Reeve a coaching free agent. She rejoined the Sting staff for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Reeve then spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock, also serving as the team's last general manager before they moved to Tulsa.

In the last two Olympics, the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro and 2020 in Tokyo, Reeve has served as an assistant coach on Team USA. In 2016, Geno Auriemma was the head coach, while Staley took over for the 2020 competition.

Before taking on her role among the assistant coaching staff, Reeve had served as an assistant for the 2014-16 USA National Team that took home gold medals at the 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and 2016 Olympic Games. She returned as an assistant for the 2018 World Cup Team, winning gold and qualifying the USA for the 2020 Olympics. [14]

Minnesota Lynx

Reeve coaching the Lynx in 2011 Minnesota Lynx Bench, June 2011.jpg
Reeve coaching the Lynx in 2011

Reeve was named the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx on December 8, 2009. In her first season, the Lynx went 13-21, missing the playoffs. The team was hampered by injuries to Candice Wiggins and Seimone Augustus. At one point, a frustrated Reeve said bluntly, "We are a bad basketball team. It starts at the top. I have not been able to get them to understand defensively what we need to get done and, clearly, our offense is one of the worst in the league." [15]

The Lynx improved dramatically in 2011. With Wiggins and Augustus back healthy, and with the addition of rookie Maya Moore, the team got off to a quick start and did not falter throughout the regular season, finishing with a league-best 27–7 record. The dramatic turnaround earned Reeve the WNBA Coach of the Year Award in just her second year as a head coach at the professional level. [16] [17] The Lynx finished what they started, losing only one game in the playoffs en route to their first WNBA championship.

Reeve in 2013 Cheryl Reeve cropped.jpg
Reeve in 2013

Reeve took her team back to the playoffs in her third year. The team qualified for the playoffs after just 21 games, the fastest in franchise history. Reeve became the winningest coach in Lynx franchise history on August 26, 2012, with a win over the Atlanta Dream. [18] The Lynx went on to lose to the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Finals.

In 2013, Reeve and her staff coached the WNBA Western Conference All-Star Team, as the Lynx had won the conference championship the previous year. Reeve's squad included four Lynx players -- Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, and Lindsay Whalen. Reeve's team ended up winning the game, 102–98. [19] Reeve's team then swept through the playoffs, going 7-0 en route to their second championship under her leadership.

Reeve is currently the winningest coach in franchise history, both in terms of the number of won games and winning percentage, and by percentage the winningest coach in WNBA history. She won her 100th regular season game on June 2, 2014, in a victory over the San Antonio Stars. She won her 31st postseason game on September 30, 2016, in a semi-final victory over the Phoenix Mercury, to move into first place in WNBA history in playoff wins.[ citation needed ]

Reeve was named the WNBA coach of the year by a panel of media representatives in 2016. [20]

In December 2017, Reeve was also promoted to the Lynx General Manager position. [21]

Reeve was named the AP coach of the year in 2020, [22] as well as the WNBA Coach of the Year. [23]

Personal life

Reeve is married to singer and Lynx vice president Carley Knox. They have one child, Oliver, who Knox said has seen every Lynx home game since he was born. [24]

Coaching record

Indiana State

1995-9626719.2693–15 (9th) [25]
1996-97271413.5199–9 (T4th) [26]
1997-98281711.60710–8 (4th)MVC Tournament 2nd round [27]
1998-99291811.62110–8 (4th)MVC Tournament 2nd round, WNIT at Wisconsin [28]
1999-0027918.3335–13 (T7th) [29]
2000-01615.1670-0Resigned on December 1, 2000. [10] [11] [30]
Overall1436677.46237-53 [10]

Minnesota Lynx

Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
MIN 2010 341321.3825th in WestMissed Playoffs
MIN 2011 34277.7941st in West871.875Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2012 34277.7941st in West954.555Lost WNBA Finals
MIN 2013 34268.7651st in West7701.000Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2014 34259.7352nd in West532.600Lost in Western Conference Finals
MIN 2015 342212.6471st in West1073.700Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2016 34286.8241st in West853.625Lost in WNBA Finals
MIN 2017 34277.7941st in West862.700Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2018 341816.5294th in West101.000Lost in 1st Round
MIN 2019 341816.5294th in West001.000Lost in 1st Round
MIN 2020 22148.6364th in West413.250Lost in Semifinals
MIN 2021 322210.6882nd in West101.000Lost in Second Round
MIN 2022 361422.3895th in WestMissed Playoffs

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