With her # 13 jersey hanging in the ranks of the Williams Arena, Lindsay Whalen will now play as the new head coach of the Gophers Women's Basketball program on the sidelines of the tournament.
Whalen, the second-best scorer at the University of Minnesota history and winner of four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, will follow Marlene Stollings, who left on Monday for the same job with Texas Tech. Whalen's hiring was announced Thursday by Gophers Athletics director Mark Coyle.
Under the terms of Whalen's agreement to become Gophers coach, the U will continue to play for Lynx, who won the WNBA 2017 title at the point. The WNBA season runs from May to October, with the Gophers season going from November to March.
"People are talking about the & # 39; factor, and that's always difficult to define, but anyone who has ever spent time with Lindsay Whalen knows she has it," said Gophers Athletics Director Mark Coyle in a statement. "She has excelled in everything she has ever done in her life because she is unshakeable, determined and has a legendary work ethic, she has played for some of the best coaches in the world, she has competed at the highest levels of sport and I know she will be a great head coach for our women's basketball program. "
Whalen, of Hutchinson, Minn., will be featured at a press conference on Friday afternoon at the Williams Arena.
"I have so many special memories of the University of Minnesota," Whalen said in a statement. "I can not tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to do more, to become the head coach here in the U and to be a gopher again is a dream come true, basketball has given me so much at every level "I have learned from so many great players, coaches and mentors, and now I have the chance to share that knowledge and help shape the new generation of Gopher stars, and I'm ready to go."
Whalen was a leader of the best era in Gophers women's tires. As the first three-time All-America selection in school history in 2003 she took the U to Sweet Sixteen and 2004 the only Final Four in school history.