Dunn Added to Fever Staff
Indianapolis, Feb. 10, 2004
Former Purdue University and Seattle Storm head coach Lin Dunn has been named as an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever. Dunn, who last coached with the Storm for three seasons from 2000-02, has served in a scouting capacity with the Fever since the beginning of the 2003 season.
She joins head coach Brian Winters and assistant coach Julie Plank in preparing the Fever for the upcoming WNBA Draft and the start of the 2004 WNBA season.
“Lin was an extremely qualified candidate,” said Winters. “She happened to have worked here as a scout and so I had the chance to meet with her and talk with her, and I loved her personality. And she is a total basketball person. Her track record as a coach, both in college and the pros, is exceptional. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me,” added Dunn who, ironically, recorded her 500th coaching victory when her Storm defeated the Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse, 74-71 in overtime, on June 4, 2001. “I'm very excited about working with Brian, helping coach a very talented Fever team, and joining a management group - Kelly [Krauskopf], David [Morway] and Donnie [Walsh] - that is committed to winning a WNBA championship."
One of the most highly respected collegiate and professional coaches in women’s basketball, Dunn’s coaching career is in its fourth decade and spans 525 victories (525-350 overall record).
Before joining the Fever last season, Dunn served as both the head coach and general manager in Seattle, operating the city’s expansion franchise since it was awarded by the WNBA in the summer of 1999. She built the Storm team that is anchored by 2002 NCAA Player of the Year Sue Bird and eventual league MVP Lauren Jackson. Seattle went 17-15 and reached the WNBA Playoffs for the first time in 2002.
Dunn ended her tenure in Seattle with a 33-63 record. She was 447-257 in 25 seasons as a college head coach, and also served on USA Basketball staffs for the 1992 Olympics and 1990 gold medal-winning World Championship and Goodwill Games teams.
A native of Dresden, Tenn., Dunn guided Purdue to three Big Ten titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances during a nine-year stay that began in 1987-88. After two trips to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Dunn paced the Boilermakers to a 29-5 record in 1993-94, and reached the Final Four. She coached three All-Americans at Purdue, and her scouting prowess extended even beyond her tenure in West Lafayette. Before taking her first opportunity as a professional head coach, Dunn was responsible for recruiting and signing such stars as Summer Erb, Ukari Figgs, Michele VanGorp and the Fever’s Stephanie White - all who are current stars in the WNBA.
Dunn was a college head coach for a quarter of a century - combining stints at Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue - before accepting her first assignment in professional basketball. After taking over the coaching reigns of the American Basketball League’s Portland Power midway through its inaugural campaign in 1996-97, Dunn led the Power to a 27-17 record and a conference championship the following year. The remarkable turnaround earned Dunn the ABL Coach of the Year honor while star forward and current Fever All-Star Natalie Williams earned the league’s MVP award. Portland was in first place at 9-4 when the ABL ceased operations in 1998.