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    Gophers hire Lindsay Whalen as Head Coach

    The woman that "built" the gopher program- is going back to her alma mater. She's going to coach the Gophs AND play with the Lynx at least this season.

    Wow!
    Good Luck to Whalen.
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    Hmm. I'm a tad skeptical, but hell. It's worth a shot.


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    She better hire some unreal assistants because she has no experience or the time as long as she is playing. Summer is a huge recruiting time and she will be a little busy. I wish her luck but this is one of those moves everyone loves that blows up because it makes no sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf on the Prowl View Post
    She better hire some unreal assistants because she has no experience or the time as long as she is playing. Summer is a huge recruiting time and she will be a little busy. I wish her luck but this is one of those moves everyone loves that blows up because it makes no sense.
    Its not unprecedented.

    Dawn Staley was the head coach at Temple during her final 6 seasons playing in the WNBA. During that span she averaged over 30 MPG playing, and had a lot of success coaching:

    Staley had no interest in coaching when she was initially approached by the athletic director of Temple University, Dave O’Brien. She was on the Olympic team at the time which was attending the Final Four in Philadelphia. O’Brien talked her into visiting the campus, where she was guided to a conference room with a dozen people who were treating her visit as a job interview. When they asked her if she saw herself as a coach she replied “no, not at all”. She initially resisted offers to become the coach. O’Brien changed his tactics and challenged her to identify some ways to turn the program around. She was still playing in the WNBA at the time and her friends told her it would be impossible to continue to play and coach. That challenge convinced her she should try so she accepted the position of head coach at Temple. In her first season, 2000–01, Temple advanced to the WNIT. In 2001, 2002, and 2004, her teams won the Atlantic 10 tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

    In the 2004–05 season, Staley's Owls went 28–4, including a perfect 19–0 against Atlantic 10 opponents. However, they lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Rutgers University. Staley reached the 100-win plateau in the A-10 Semifinals vs Xavier University that season, becoming the fastest coach in women's basketball to achieve that.

    On May 7, 2008, it was confirmed by Temple University that Staley would leave Temple for the recently vacated coaching position at the University of South Carolina. She left Temple with the best overall record of 172–80, along with six NCAA appearances and four Atlantic 10 titles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LEvine View Post
    Its not unprecedented.

    Dawn Staley was the head coach at Temple during her final 6 seasons playing in the WNBA. During that span she averaged over 30 MPG playing, and had a lot of success coaching:

    Staley had no interest in coaching when she was initially approached by the athletic director of Temple University, Dave O’Brien. She was on the Olympic team at the time which was attending the Final Four in Philadelphia. O’Brien talked her into visiting the campus, where she was guided to a conference room with a dozen people who were treating her visit as a job interview. When they asked her if she saw herself as a coach she replied “no, not at all”. She initially resisted offers to become the coach. O’Brien changed his tactics and challenged her to identify some ways to turn the program around. She was still playing in the WNBA at the time and her friends told her it would be impossible to continue to play and coach. That challenge convinced her she should try so she accepted the position of head coach at Temple. In her first season, 2000–01, Temple advanced to the WNIT. In 2001, 2002, and 2004, her teams won the Atlantic 10 tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

    In the 2004–05 season, Staley's Owls went 28–4, including a perfect 19–0 against Atlantic 10 opponents. However, they lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Rutgers University. Staley reached the 100-win plateau in the A-10 Semifinals vs Xavier University that season, becoming the fastest coach in women's basketball to achieve that.

    On May 7, 2008, it was confirmed by Temple University that Staley would leave Temple for the recently vacated coaching position at the University of South Carolina. She left Temple with the best overall record of 172–80, along with six NCAA appearances and four Atlantic 10 titles.
    Whalen probably won't play in the WNBA much longer- she is committed to this season, and then they will see how her body feels. Staley did her dual role while playing in Charlotte and coaching in Philadelphia. Whalen's commute is smaller.
    I do think she needs a good staff to help her.

    She's already managed to boost season ticket sales.
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    I think this coming season was likely to be her last as a player regardless. But if there was doubt, this probably seals the deal.

    Being the point guard for the current WNBA dynasty is going to get her in doors though, that's for sure. There's not many recruits in the nation who will give a flat "no" to Whalen, especially while she's still active and a star in the league.



 

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