Lynx Name Heidi VanDerveer Head Coach

July 16, 2002 The Lynx today announced that Heidi VanDerveer has been promoted to head coach for the remainder of the 2002 WNBA season, replacing Brian Agler. Agler will be retained as the team's general manager.

"It's a tough situation for everyone," VanDerveer said. "In the world of professional sports, sometimes it's easy to forget that we're dealing with people and their lives. Our goal now is to be professionals, compete at the highest level and represent our franchise accordingly."

VanDerveer will begin her second stint as a WNBA head coach. Prior to joining the Lynx, she served as the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs. During the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997, VanDerveer was an assistant coach with Sacramento before being promoted to head coach for the final 13 games. She held the position through the completion of the 1998 campaign (8-22), and posted a 13-30 (.302) overall record as head coach. VanDerveer joined the Lynx as an assistant coach on Dec. 3, 1998.

VanDerveer, who has 15 years of women's basketball coaching experience, was the head women's basketball coach at Eastern Washington University (1994-97) before joining the WNBA. Her tenure at EWU was highlighted by back-to-back post-season appearances in the 1995 and 1996 Big Sky Conference Tournament. VanDerveer served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina for six seasons (1988-94). Her coaching affiliation with women's basketball began in 1987 as a graduate assistant under the University of Tennessee's legendary basketball coach, Pat Summitt.

"After many discussions with Glen Taylor over the WNBA All-Star break, we reached a decision that it was in the team's best interest to make a coaching change," said Roger Griffith, Lynx chief operating officer. "We appreciate the efforts and dedication that Brian has put into this job in his three-plus years as coach. We believe he can make a positive contribution to this organization in the role of general manager."

Agler, the only head coach and general manager in franchise history, posted a 48-67 (.417) record in three-plus seasons with the Lynx. Agler was hired on Nov. 17, 1998 after leading the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League to back-to-back ABL world championships in 1997 and 1998.

Kelly Kramer will remain in her position as assistant coach.