MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today announced the hiring
of Don Zierden as the team's head coach. Zierden, a native of Minneapolis, becomes
the fifth head coach in the Lynx history. The sides agreed to a multi-year contract;
per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lynx head coach Don Zierden David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images
comes to the Lynx from the Detroit Pistons, where he has served as an assistant
coach. The 2006-07 season was Zierden's second as a member of the Detroit Pistons.
He joined the organization in the summer of 2005.
"We're thrilled to bring a coach of Don's caliber into our organization," said Lynx Chief Operating
Officer Roger Griffith. "Don has had success at every level he's been at
and his knowledge, enthusiasm and experience was a perfect fit for our personnel.
I'm looking forward to working with him to build the Lynx into a championship
In addition to his recent experience with the Pistons,
Zierden also spent several seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He served
as the team's video coordinator for the 1999-2000 season and was promoted to assistant
coach/director of player development on July 11, 2000. He remained with the Timberwolves
through the 2004-05 season and was part of the coaching staff on the 2003-04 squad
that reached the Western Conference Finals.
"I'm excited to be returning
to Minnesota as head coach of the Lynx," Zierden said. "The Lynx have
a great core group of players that I'm looking forward to working with as they
continue to develop. Having this opportunity in my hometown is incredible."
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coaching career began at his alma mater, De La Salle High School, and he guided
them to the Class A State Championship in 1985. He is one of two rookie high school
coaches in Minnesota history to take their team to a state basketball title. The
Minneapolis native also served on the staffs at the University of Tulsa (1986-88),
and in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the La Crosse Catbirds
(1990-94). He won a championship with the Catbirds in 1992.
as an assistant in the CBA for a few seasons, Zierden became the Head Coach of
the Pittsburgh Piranhas in 1995, becoming the third rookie coach in CBA history
to reach the finals. One year later he returned to La Crosse to lead the newly
formed La Crosse Bobcats.