Lin Dunn

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Lin Dunn
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Kentucky Wildcats
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueSoutheastern Conference
Personal information
Born (1947-05-10) May 10, 1947 (age 71)
Career information
Coaching career1970–present
Career history
As coach:
1970–1976Austin Peay State
1977–1978Ole Miss
1978–1987Miami (Florida)
1997–1998Portland Power
20002002Seattle Storm
20042007Indiana Fever (assistant)
20082014Indiana Fever
2016–presentKentucky (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Lin Dunn (born May 10, 1947)[1] is an American women's basketball coach, currently an assistant with Kentucky. She is most known for being the first coach and general manager for the Seattle Storm. She has more than 500 wins to her name.

The 1969 University of Tennessee at Martin graduate coached for decades in the college ranks, amassing a 447-257 record in 25 seasons as a college head coach. In her tenure at Austin Peay State University (1970–1976), the University of Mississippi (1977–1978), the University of Miami (1978–1987) and Purdue University (1987–1996), she made the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship seven times, and the Final Four once, in 1994 with Purdue. She is in the Athletics Hall of Fame at both Austin Peay and Miami. Dunn also was president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 1984-85.

Dunn was abruptly fired at Purdue after the 1995-96 season, but resurfaced in the pros with the American Basketball League's Portland Power in 1996. She was ABL's coach of the year in 1998, right before that league folded. Dunn then became the first coach and GM of the expansion Seattle Storm in the ABL's rival, the WNBA. Her folksy southern personality was a hit in Urbane, Seattle, with fans often wearing Dunn masks and quoting her rustic aphorisms. The team started with a dismal 6-26 season.

Dunn left the Storm just as it was starting to have success. New superstars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird led the team to the 2002 playoffs, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Sparks. Dunn then resigned, leaving the path open for Anne Donovan to build a championship team just two seasons later.

Dunn is a former head coach of the Indiana Fever.[2] Dunn won the WNBA championship with the Fever on October 21, 2012.

On May 6, 2014, Dunn announced her retirement from coaching at the end of the year.

On June 14, 2014; Dunn was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.[3]

On May 24, 2016, she was introduced as an assistant coach for Matthew Mitchell at Kentucky.[4] On May 26, 2017, UK Athletics announced that Coach Dunn had signed a one-year contract extension.[5]

USA Basketball[edit]

In 1990, Dunn was the assistant coach for the USA National team at the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team, behind the 22 point per game scoring of Teresa Edwards, won all eight contests, with only the win over Cuba decided by single digits. The USA team faced Yugoslavia in the gold medal game, and won 88–78.[6]

In 1995, Dunn served as the head coach to the R. William Jones Cup Team. The competition was held in Taipei, Taiwan. The USA team won its first six games, but four of the six were won by single-digit margins. Their seventh game was against Russia, and they fell 100–84. The final game was against South Korea, and a victory would assure the gold medal, but the South Korean team won 80–76 to win the gold medal. The USA team won the bronze medal.[7]


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015.
  2. ^ Lin Dunn Archived 2010-10-09 at the Wayback Machine..
  3. ^ "Dunn Inducted to Women's Basketball Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  4. ^ "Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Lin Dunn Joins Mitchell's Staff". UK Athletics. University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Lin Dunn Signs Contract Extension". UK Athletics. University of Kentucky. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ "ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1990". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ "1995 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 14 May 2013.