WNBA Draft: Minnesota's Carlie Wagner drafted by Minnesota Lynx with final pick

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Lindsay is a proven leader at every level of her illustrious career and I know she will continue to excel as a head coach of the Gopher program.

On Thursday, University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle announced Lindsay Whalen will be the new head women's basketball coach at her alma mater.

Whalen returns to those same Gophers after destroying the program's record book in the early 2000s, finishing her career as Minnesota's all-time points leader, along with being second all-time in assists and third all-time in steals.

The Minnesota Lynx point guard will play this season in the WNBA.

The WNBA also has a more compact schedule this season to end play before the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.

She issued a statement today as well.

"As I started this process with the University of Minnesota, it was important to me that I returned to the Lynx this season", Whalen said in a statement through the Lynx.

Whalen - who is entering her 15th season in the WNBA - averaged eight points per game last season in the Lynx's title run, shooting 45.1 percent from the field.

"I have so many special memories at the University of Minnesota", Whalen said in a statement. She led the team to a Final Four appearance in her senior year.

Whalen graduated from Minnesota as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. "I can't tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to make more", said Whalen said in a press release.

Whalen takes over as the school's 12th head coach for Marlene Stollings, who left Minnesota to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech.

Whalen takes over a team that went 24-9 last season and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Whalen, of Hutchinson, Minn., will be introduced at a news conference Friday afternoon at Williams Arena.

The four-time WNBA champion raised the profile of the Gophers' basketball team during her time in college.

She was the first three-time All-American in program history, a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Whalen is also a four-time WNBA champion and victor of two Olympic gold medals.

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