In 2010, Cheryl Reeve moved to Minnesota to become the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx in an attempt to turn a struggling franchise around and create a winning culture in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Fast forward to 2019, Reeve has been able to say she has already accomplished that. And now, she will continue to call Minnesota home for the foreseeable future.
The Lynx announced on Friday that the organization has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with its general manager and head coach Reeve, who has become one of the top executives and coaches the WNBA has ever seen.
“I am grateful to Glen and Becky (Taylor) for their ongoing support and commitment,” Reeve said in the statement released by the organization. “We have shared an incredible decade of Lynx basketball together, both on and off the court, and I look forward to the years ahead.”
Reeve, who took over as Minnesota’s general manager ahead of the 2018 season to add to her head coaching duties, recently received one of the top honors in the league for executives following her roster moves and retooling of that roster going into 2019.
In September, Reeve was named this season’s WNBA Executive of the Year, the first time she has won the award in its third year of existence.
While being without future Hall-of-Fame players such as Lindsay Whalen (retirement), Maya Moore (taking the season off) and Rebekkah Brunson (recovering from a past injury) for the first time heading into the 2019 campaign, Reeve conducted a makeover of her roster that included key additions such as rookies Napheesa Collier and Jessica Shepard, guard Odyssey Sims, wing Karima Christmas-Kelly, forward Damiris Dantas and others.
Those additions and moves made by Reeve helped the Lynx finish tied for sixth place in the league standings with a regular season record of 18-16 overall, which led to Minnesota reaching the postseason for a ninth-straight year. The Lynx ultimately fell to the Seattle Storm in the opening round of the playoffs in early September.
That well-deserved Executive of the Year honor adds to her already impressive resume that consists of two Coach of the Year awards, four WNBA titles as a head coach and 231 career victories in 10 seasons at the helm of Minnesota.
For 10 years, Reeve has been able to call Minnesota home while already creating a lasting legacy as one of the top executives and coaches in WNBA history while leading the Lynx to a dynasty run during that span.
And now officially for at least the next few years, Reeve and her family will continue to call Minnesota home while trying to get the Lynx back to being a championship-caliber team once again in 2020 and beyond.