One of the most decorated and successful coaches in WNBA history has added to her already impressive resume.
Along with the Minnesota Lynx beating the Dallas Wings 91-83 on Tuesday night at Target Center, Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve — who already has six WNBA rings to her name, four of which have come as a head coach in Minnesota — earned win No. 200 in her head coaching career.
“I’ve been blessed to be here with this franchise at this time and with so many great players,” Reeve said after Tuesday’s win. “I think as I said before, we have players that are some of the best players of all-time at their positions playing for the Lynx during my time here.”
Even though her resume already speaks for itself, Reeve further solidified herself as one of the top coaches in the league — and possibly even sports — history.
“She’s just been so dedicated to this team and so dedicated to this league. We’re grateful to have someone this passionate as far as a motivator, X’s and O’s, how she leads on and off the court,” Maya Moore said of her head coach. “The 200 wins, looking from you outside you think ‘oh, just 200.’ It’s 200 wins in one of the toughest leagues.”
With the 200th win of her career, Reeve joins elite company among WNBA coaches who have surpassed the career mark. She is the eighth coach in league history to surpass the 200-win milestone.
Reeve, who began her tenure in Minnesota in 2010 and now holds a career record of 200-83 with the Lynx, joins Anne Donovan (205-214), Van Chancellor (211-111), Michael Cooper (230-158), Bill Laimbeer (232-179), Dan Hughes (245-289), Brian Agler (258-207) and Mike Thibault (294-227) in the 200-win club.
Among those eight coaches, Reeve’s 70.7 percent win percentage is the highest. Chancellor is the next closest at 65.5 percent.
Reeve is also first all-time in total number of playoff victories (40) and playoff winning percentage (72.7 percent) in WNBA history.
“I’m thankful and appreciative that (Lynx owner) Glen (Taylor) thought it was a good time to bring me here to experience this,” she said.
Four WNBA rings as a head coach, a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year and now one of eight coaches to surpass 200 career wins. Not bad for someone in her ninth season as a head coach.
“I’m just happy that we get to celebrate her and her commitment to our team,” Moore said. “We embarrassed her a little bit in the locker room because she doesn’t like to talk about herself, but we made sure that she knew she was doing it.”