Lynx draft Gopher guard Carlie Wagner

Whalen named Gophers head coach

Whalen named Gophers head coach

Former Gopher's star Lindsay Whalen has been named the new head coach. She also led the Gophers to their lone Final Four appearance in 2004.

The WNBA regular season begins in early May and runs through mid-August. Whalen and the Lynx are coming off the team's fourth WNBA championship in seven years.

She issued a statement today as well.

The University of Minnesota has had six WNBA draft picks in its program's history.

Whalen, who has played in the WNBA for 14 seasons and helped the Lynx to championships in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, will continue to play for the Lynx after taking on her new position with the Gophers.

According to Gophersports.com, Wagner finished her career with the Gophers ranked third all-time at in scoring (2,215), second in 3-pointers made (307), 3-pointers attempted (880), field goal attempts (2,109) and games in double figures (114). At every level, basketball has given me so much.

Athletic director Mark Coyle made the announcement Thursday, although the hiring still needs official approval from the school's board of regents. "I'm ready to get started".

Marlene Stollings led the Gophers to a 24-9 record and a trip to the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament before taking the Texas Tech job earlier this week. She has excelled at everything she has ever done in her life because she's unflappable, determined and has a legendary work ethic. Whalen announced in February that she was retiring from global competition.

Whalen's accomplishments have been recognized locally on Hutchinson High School's Wall of Fame. She scored 18.7 points per game this past season while shooting 43-percent. Her jersey, No. 13, hangs in the rafters of Williams Arena. ". Lindsay's achievements remind us that anything is possible when you combine talent (and) dreams along with an inordinate desire to accomplish them".

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