What a 2018 it’s been for Lindsay Whalen.
A short recap:
Whalen announced the retirement to one of the most successful basketball careers we’ve ever seen, in any league, at the end of the 2018 WNBA season. She led the WNBA in career wins and helped lead her hometown Lynx to four WNBA championships since arriving in 2011. Her resume goes on and on and on.
Before the WNBA season, Whalen accepted the head-coaching job of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball team. The same program Whalen led to a Final Four in 2004 – the first and last time in program history.
Whalen has the Gophers off to a 9-0 start and the team is ranked 14th in the nation – second among Big 10 Teams.
On Monday, Whalen was named The Athletic’s Person of the Year for the state of Minnesota.
It’s a great overall piece from Sloane Martin.
Here’s a snippet:
In this Minnesota sports fairy tale where the Hutchinson native becomes the head coach of the alma mater she helped carry to its only Final Four, Whalen was victorious in her final game in front of the home crowd and competed against her first WNBA head coach Mike Thibault, with whom she remains close and whose daughter Carly serves on her Gopher staff.
“I’m sad for the game of basketball because I think the WNBA is losing one of its best ambassadors and one of its best players,” he said after she retired.
I encourage you to read the whole piece. You can read it here (subscription). Very well written and a very well-deserved honor for Whalen.