Let's review her career, good and bad.
Overall Record as of 1/30/23: (69-69)
Big Ten as of 1/30/23: (30-52)
-Bringing Carly Thibault-DuDonis on when she first got the job. A fantastic recruiter and outstanding up and coming coach. Also, a key player in getting the 2022s.
-The 2022s Top Ten Recruiting Class/Along with improved relationships within the state that previous two coached burned to the ground.
-Getting Sophie Hart to come home.
Out of her Control:
-A global pandemic her third season. Adding the covid year which threw recruiting stuff into a tailspin.
-An enhanced and hyperactive transfer portal.
-Carlie Wagner Graduating year before Whalen got the job and Diva Hubbard Injured her first season. Leaving them with roughly a 6-player rotation that first season for her coming off a NCAA berth in Stollings last season.
-Nia Holloway injured this season
-Recruiting as a whole, especially since Carly left for Fairfield. They don’t seem to have an assistant or frankly coach on the staff who is doing the groundwork anymore. Tessa Johnson, Taylor Woodson, Olivia Olson, and Kennedy Sanders have already walked out the state and as of right now I would expect Aaliyah Crump, Maddyn Greenway and possibly others to follow suit. WE NEED BETTER ASSISTANTS, NOT HER FRIENDS!
-Play call, timeout time and ability to come up with gameplan. How are we struggling to get Mara looks? How do we get Mal open looks? Why is our only offense passing into Rose and everyone stands and watches? What players have developed or improved under her 5 years.
-the transfers. I’ll stand by some maybe were in over their heads at the Big Ten level. But players like Sissoko, Scalia, Powell, Staples, Sconiers, and Alexia smith have moved on and found both team and induvial success. This also means the transfers (specially this season) giving next to nothing to help the team are on her.
I’ve asked the question multiple times recently, if the name wasn’t Lindsey Whalen, how hot would the seat be. I feel the seat would be warmer, bordering on burning up. I do think she could get next year based on another year of 2022s, Nia Holloway back, Sophie Hart coming in next year and the international recruits coming. I think Coyle knew this was long play when she was hired with no work experience.
Wild Card thing is….Lynx do have an open assistant coaching position. After this season, could there be a sitiatuon where Whalen “resigns” or steps away to take that position and in turn opening up the Gopher coaching job?