Minnesota Lynx sign coach Cheryl Reeve to five-year extension

Cheryl Reeve will enter her 14th season as Lynx head coach in 2023. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Lynx have signed coach Cheryl Reeve to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Reeve, 56, also has been elevated from general manager to president of basketball operations. She has served as head coach of the Lynx for 13 seasons and as general manager for the last five seasons.

“Minnesota has been a great home to me and my family and I simply love being a part of the Twin Cities community,” Reeve said in a statement. “The Lynx fanbase is the best in all of the WNBA and I look forward to building on the successes we have had as an organization.”

The three-time WNBA coach of the year has led the Lynx to four titles in 13 seasons. The first came in her second season in Minnesota in 2011, and the most recent came in 2017.

Her 41 playoff wins stand as the most of any coach in WNBA history. She also has the highest playoff winning percentage among WNBA coaches (.661), with a 41-21 record in the postseason.

While the Lynx missed the playoffs in 2022 for the first time since 2010, the 11-year run of playoff berths in between made Reeve the only coach to accomplish that feat with one franchise.

“Cheryl’s devotion to growing the game and our league is extraordinary, and we have some exciting seasons ahead of us,” Lynx owner Glen Taylor said.

Reeve started her career in 1988 as an assistant coach for La Salle, her alma mater. After two years she became an assistant coach at George Washington, then five years later she became the head coach at Indiana State.

In 2001, she made the jump to the WNBA as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Sting, and she spent nine years as an assistant with the Sting, Cleveland Rockers and Detroit Shock before arriving in Minnesota in 2010.