Cheryl Reeve completed her seventh season as Lynx head coach in 2016, leading the Lynx to a 28-6 record and their sixth
consecutive postseason appearance. Since taking over as Lynx head coach, Reeve owns a career 168-70 record, the most
coaching wins in franchise history. She was initially named head coach on Dec. 8, 2009, taking over for former head coach
Jennifer Gillom. On December 6, 2012, Reeve signed a multi-year contract extension with the club. Prior to the 2016 season, the Lynx signed Reeve to a multi-year contract extension.
Under Reeve’s seven-year tutelage, the Lynx have compiled 155 wins since the 2011 season, the most prolific six-year run in WNBA history. Finishing the 2016 season 28-6, Minnesota has registered its fifth 25-win campaign in the last six years, becoming the first WNBA franchise to win 27+ games in a season three separate times (2011 and 2012). Since taking over in 2010, Reeve’s .706 winning percentage (168-70) ranks first in league history; she’s one of just three coaches to win more than 60% of their games (Van Chancellor, .655; Michael Cooper, .616).
Reeve guided the Lynx to the first championship in franchise history in 2011, being named the WNBA Coach of the Year after leading Minnesota to a league-best 27-7 regular season record. The Lynx made a 14-game improvement from 2010, marking the second-largest single-season win increase in WNBA history. Reeve went on to lead the Lynx to WNBA championships in 2013 and 2015. The WNBA named Reeve Coach of the Year for the 2016 season, marking her second Coach of the Year honor (2011) and the third time a Lynx head coach has been named WNBA Coach of the Year (Suzi McConnell Serio, 2004).
On May 12, 2014, USA Basketball named Reeve as an assistant coach to the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team. After assisting head coach Geno Auriemma to the gold medal and a 6-0 record at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, USA Basketball announced on February 9, 2014, that Reeve would return as an assistant for the USA National Team through the 2016 Olympic Games. Reeve helped assist the USA Olympic Women’s National Team in capturing its sixth straight Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Additionally, Reeve’s coaching résumé includes 29 years as both an assistant and a head coach at the collegiate and WNBA levels. In 2009, Reeve served as an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, and was promoted to the team’s general manager position just three games into the season. Hired by three-time WNBA champion head coach Bill Laimbeer, Reeve joined the Shock coaching staff in 2006 and helped the franchise reach the WNBA Finals in each of her first three years, winning WNBA titles in 2006 and 2008. During her four years with Detroit, the team held an 87-49 win/loss record and won at least 18 games each season, including 24 in 2007. Reeve also served as the Shock’s director of player personnel in 2008.
Reeve got her start in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting in 2001 when she joined Anne Donovan’s staff as an assistant coach. After posting an 8-24 record in 2000, Charlotte turned things around in Reeve’s first year, going 18-14 en route to advancing to the WNBA Finals. Reeve spent the 2002 season again in Charlotte before joining Dan Hughes’ coaching staff in Cleveland for the 2003 season. Reeve returned to the Sting in 2004 and 2005 before joining Detroit in 2006. In Reeve’s nine years as an assistant, she compiled a .543 winning percentage (163-137 W/L), including seven postseason appearances and advancing to the WNBA Finals four times.
Before joining the WNBA coaching ranks, Reeve spent 12 years coaching collegiately, including a five-year stint as head coach at Indiana State from 1995-2000. Reeve guided the Sycamores to the program’s first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-99 campaign.
Reeve also spent five years as an assistant coach at George Washington. During that time, the Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Reeve got her start in coaching at her alma matter, La Salle, as an assistant coach for two seasons.
As a player at La Salle, Reeve led the nationally-ranked Explorers to a 25-5 record in 1987-1988. She was named All-Metro Atlantic Conference and was an All-Big 5 selection as a senior. Reeve holds the school record for most games started (110) and ranks fourth on La Salle’s career assist leader board (420).
Reeve excelled athletically and academically at La Salle, graduating with a degree in computer science/management information systems. A Rhodes Scholar nominee, Reeve received both a MAAC Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate Award and a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1988. She went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration from her alma mater while also serving two years as an assistant coach for the Explorers.