As a player at Minnesota, she became the first three-time All-American in program history and was the school's all-time points leader when she finished her college career. I've learned from so many great players, coaches and mentors, and now I have a chance to share that knowledge and help shape the new generation of Gopher stars.
Athletics director Mark Coyle described Whalen, 35, as someone with "the "it" factor".
Wagner was taken with the No. 36 overall pick by the Lynx, who finished last season with a 27-7 record. "I'm ready to get started". The five-time All-WNBA point guard was announced as the newest head coach of University of Minnesota's women's basketball team, a role she'll hold down while simultaneously playing her ninth season with the nearby Minnesota Lynx.
Whalen thanked Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve for her support in this move.
Although Whalen will return to coach her alma mater, where she played from 2000-04, she will also continue to play for the Lynx.
The WNBA also has a more compact schedule this season to end play before the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. The WNBA season runs from May to October, with the Gophers season stretching from November to March. "I'm very excited about our upcoming season and I look forward to returning to a renovated Target Center and playing in front of our great fans". For her collegiate career, she averaged 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
A clue, perhaps, of Minnesota's immediate interest in Whalen could be found in the official job requirements, listed at the top of the job posting for Gophers women's basketball coach.