"Becoming the head coach here at Minnesota and being a Gopher again is a dream come true".
Whalen will replace Marlene Stollings at Minnesota, who left to become the head coach at Texas Tech earlier this week.
The Lynx also acquired the draft rights to forward Jill Barta, the 32nd selection in this year's draft and a 2019 WNBA Draft second-round pick from the Las Vegas Aces, in exchange for the draft rights to center Ji-Su Park, the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft, and guard Kahlia Lawrence, the No. 24 overall selection. "I'm ready to get started".
Minnesota announced Whalen's return to coach her alma mater on Thursday.
Wagner was taken with the No. 36 overall pick by the Lynx, who finished last season with a 27-7 record.
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"People talk about the "it" factor, and that is always hard to define, but everyone who has ever spent time around Lindsay Whalen knows she has it". She has excelled at everything she has ever done in her life because she's unflappable, determined and has a legendary work ethic. She was part of the Gophers' only Final Four team back in 2004 and was the first player in program history to be named team MVP in every year of her career.
So naturally, when Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle was looking for a new women's basketball coach, he only had to look in his own back yard.
The WNBA also has a more compact schedule this season to end play before the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
In a seperate statement from Whalen, issued by the Lynx, she said: "I would like to thank Coach Reeve and the Lynx organization for their support during this process".
Turns out Whalen had another idea: Why not do both? The two-time Olympic gold medalist announced in February that she was retiring from global competition. A four-time all-state selection at Hutchinson High School, about an hour west of Minneapolis, Whalen went on to become the catalyst for the most successful seasons in the history of Gopher women's basketball.