MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Cheryl Reeve today announced the Lynx have promoted Clare Duwelius (duh-WILL-ee-us) to General Manager, effective immediately. Duwelius steps in as the fourth GM in franchise history, following former General Managers Brian Agler (1999-2002), Roger Griffith (2003-17) and Reeve (2017-22). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
“I have long felt that Clare Duwelius was one of our top free agent signings. Since 2014, she has proven to be an invaluable resource in every aspect of the Lynx franchise,” said Reeve. “Clare epitomizes all that the Lynx stand for in her passion, drive, work ethic, commitment, loyalty, and attention to detail. I look forward to partnering with Clare in her work as General Manager for the Lynx as she continues to make her mark on our franchise.”
“I could not be more excited for the opportunity to take on this new role with the Minnesota Lynx. Throughout my time with this incredible franchise, I have seen the epitome of hard work, passion, and what it takes to compete at the highest level on and off the court,” said Duwelius. “I am thrilled to help continue that legacy and build on the success the Lynx have achieved. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Coach Reeve, Glen and Becky Taylor and the entire Lynx organization for their belief in me.”
The 2022 season marked Duwelius’ ninth season with the Lynx and fifth as Assistant General Manager, responsible for assisting Reeve in all day-to-day tasks of basketball operations, including player contracts, draft prospect scouting, domestic and international player logistics, budget management and team travel arrangements. As a member of Reeve’s staff, Duwelius has served on Lynx teams that made eight-straight postseason appearances, highlighted by three consecutive WNBA Finals trips and two WNBA Championship titles in 2015 and 2017.
Duwelius started with the Lynx in 2014 as the Basketball Operations Coordinator prior to being elevated to Basketball Operations Manager in 2016 and later Assistant General Manager in 2018. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Duwelius graduated from Wayne State (Nebr.) College where she played basketball and earned her degree in Sports Management, and then obtained her Master’s in Business Administration degree from Southwest Minnesota State University.