In 2018, former Minnesota Lynx great Lindsay Whalen played her last season donning Lynx green and blue. The next phase of her basketball life involved her joining her alma mater – the University of Minnesota – to be the women’s basketball coach of the Golden Gophers.
Whalen’s Gophers concluded the season with a 20-10 record including a 9-9 conference mark. They may or may not be in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Lynx recently announced that another noteworthy WNBA player will be joining its coaching ranks.
Plenette Pierson, who won a championship in Minnesota in 2017, was hired to Cheryl Reeve’s staff as an assistant. Minnesota also promoted another of its assistants – Walt Hopkins – to a full-time role.
Pierson’s duties with the Lynx will involve talent evaluation, scouting, and player development, according to a Minnesota press release.
Plenette has a bright future as a coach and I’m really excited to have her back with the Lynx. As a player, Plenette demonstrated a strong understanding of the game and the ability to connect with players.
–Cheryl Reeve, Lynx head coach and general manager (per press release)
Leaving the WNBA in 2017 in championship fashion with this franchise, I knew someday I’d be back with Coach Reeve and I’m ready to give back to the game that gave so much to me.
–Plenette Pierson, Lynx assistant coach, per press release
Prior to her Lynx return, she spent this past season as an assistant at Wayne State University.