The University of Minnesota made a great move in hiring Lindsay Whalen, as their next basketball coach. Athletic Director Coyle, the robotic mouthpiece for University President Kaler (really the athletic director) got lucky in being able, to convince her to join the Gopher program. The funny thing is the search committee, hadn’t had a chance to meet before the hiring. Kind of shows the inefficiency, and lack of credibility, of a search committee.
The saga began in Hutchinson, MN., in 1995 when Lindsey was in 8th grade and started for the varsity. She led them to 3 consecutive conference championships, was all-state 4 consecutive years, highlighted by winning the state championship in her senior year.
She went on to the University of Minnesota, where she starred for 4 years and achieved the following:
All-time leading scorer, scoring average, free throws made, and %.
Top Five in assists, steals, 3 pointers made, 3 point %.
Led the Gophers to the Final Four in 2004.
Named Gopher MVP 4 consecutive years.
Avg. attendance in her freshman year, 1,087 to 9,866 her senior year.
On to the Pros, where she has spent 14 years in the WNBA, the last 7 years with the Minnesota Linx, leading them to 4 World Championships.
She is the absolute best pick they could have ever made. What it takes to be a good college coach is 1.) recruiting, and 2.) communication with your players, meaning you are current with what’s happening with the evolution of the game. She is and has been the poster child for Minnesota basketball for over 15 years. She already has some recruiting wins
With 14 years as a point guard in the WNBA, you know she has the X’s and O’s figured out.