Cheryl Reeve

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Cheryl Reeve
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Reeve coaching at the 2013 All Star Game
Minnesota Lynx
Position Head coach
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1966-09-20) September 20, 1966 (age 50)
Nationality American
Career information
High school Washington Township
(Sewell, New Jersey)
College La Salle (1984–1988)
Coaching career 1988–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 is an American basketball head coach, currently coaching the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She is by percentage the winningest coach in WNBA history and has won the most postseason games of any coach in WNBA history. Reeve was named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2016.


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.

Prior to joining the WNBA, Reeve served as head coach at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana from 1995-1999. She improved the team’s record each season, and led the squad to its first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-1999 campaign. Reeve also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington. The Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and appeared in four NCAA tournaments during Reeve’s stint at GW.

Cheryl Reeve coached at Indiana State from 1995 - mid season 2000 finally being replaced by her assistant coach Jim Wiedie.

Minnesota Lynx[edit]

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."[1]

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.[2][3] The Lynx finished what they started, losing only one game in the playoffs en route to their first WNBA championship.

Reeve and Rebekkah Brunson speaking during the 2016 WNBA semifinals

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.[4] 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.[5] 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 victories 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.

Reeve was named the WNBA coach of the year by a panel of media representatives in 2016.[6]

Coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
MIN 2010 34 13 21 .382 5th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
MIN 2011 34 27 7 .794 1st in West 8 7 1 .875 Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2012 34 27 7 .794 1st in West 9 5 4 .555 Lost WNBA Finals
MIN 2013 34 26 8 .765 1st in West 7 7 0 1.000 Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2014 34 25 9 .735 2nd in West 5 3 2 .600 Lost in Western Conference Finals
MIN 2015 34 22 12 .647 1st in West 10 7 3 .700 Won WNBA Finals
MIN 2016 34 28 6 .824 1st in West 3 3 0 1.000 Lost in WNBA Finals
Career 238 168 70 .706 42 32 10 .762


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jennifer Gillom
Minnesota Lynx Head Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Laimbeer
Detroit Shock General Manager
Succeeded by
Nolan Richardson