- Jan 15, 2010
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As part of Whalen's agreement to become head coach, which is pending approval from the University's Board of Regents, she will play continue to play for the Minnesota Lynx.
Sorry, but shouldn't this be her job, and her only job?
I hate that part. How does that even work during this recruiting period plus putting in the work of keeping current players. Summer practice will be "wait til Lindsay gets here sometime in the fall".
That's the reason I hope Whalen & Staley talked during the couple of days between the start of the TTU rumors and today. Staley was successful on day one at Temple, and still was playing at the time.
I hope it works; but with transfers, grad transfers, summer practice time, training, etc. coaching requirements have significantly increased since Staley doubled up at Temple. I'm assuming a staff will be swiftly named.
So really Lindsey is the cool coach but the top assistant is going to be the one doing the dirty work for the first couple years
It seemed to work out okay for Hugh. He was with the Olympic team the first year and the Assistants ran the team.
Now there's a recruiting pitch - Lindsey visits a recruit, and closes with "be sure to watch me play with the WNBA Champions." Or she brings a recruit to practice and they get to hang out with Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, and get a pep talk from Cheryl Reeve.
Assuming she has a good director of operations, and assistant coaches to handle some of the day-to-day stuff, I think having her still play could be a huge plus for the Gophers. Not to mention the cross-promotion - offer Lynx fans a Gopher season ticket package, and pack the barn with all the young girls who consider Lindsey their idol.
Well, not quite. McCutcheon joined his team a couple weeks into his first season, but he was out for the preparation for the season, for sure. Worked out pretty well in the long run.It seemed to work out okay for Hugh. He was with the Olympic team the first year and the Assistants ran the team.
I find it funny that when Tyrone Carter's name was thrown out there for a position as Gophers DB coach, there were plenty of people who instantly raised concerns that you don't go from no coaching experience to an assistant at the collegiate level, yet no one seems to be batting an eye here.
I will go on record as saying that I was concerned with the potential for that hire and, likewise, am concerned about this hire. That being said, it's easier to stick your neck out for something like this when it's a non-revenue sport.
It's understandable to be concerned. My hope/expectation is that Coyle did his due diligence, and Reeve provided a straight, honest assessment of Whalen's coaching ability and potential.