Getting To Know Lin Dunn

April 30, 2008
First-year Fever head coach Lin Dunn is gearing for the opening preseason game Saturday night against Chicago (at Milwaukee), but she took the time to answer some informed questions for the Johnson County Daily Journal. They are being re-printed for FeverBasketball.com.

Dunn was the head coach and GM of the Seattle Storm for three seasons prior to becoming an assistant coach with the Fever in 2004. She has also coached at the collegiate level with Purdue, Miami, Mississippi, and Austin Peay.

In her fourth decade of coaching, Dunn has accumulated 525 career wins and is regarded as one of the most prominent coaches in women's basketball history.


Daily Journal: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Lin Dunn: My grandparents!
DJ: What would you be doing if you weren’t a coach?
LD: I would be either a Baptist preacher, a politician (senator/governor), or a civil rights lawyer.
DJ: What’s the best part about your job?
LD: Seeing the players improve and all their hard work paying off!
DJ: What’s the worst part?
LD: When a player gets seriously hurt, especially when it's possibly career ending.
DJ: How do you think others describe you?
LD: Intense
DJ: Describe yourself using only five adjectives.
LD: Passionate; intense; enthusiastic; smart; tough-minded
DJ: What’s the worst habit you have?
LD: Letting my bathtub get a little grungy!
DJ: What’s the best habit you have?
LD: My attention to detail.
DJ: What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
LD: I split open the back of my pants while I was coaching a game.
DJ: What to this point has been the happiest day of your life?
LD: Wow, too many to pick just one!
DJ: What’s your favorite childhood memory?
LD: Spelling bees in elementary school and visiting my grandparents.
DJ: If you were given a round-trip ticket to anywhere, where would you go?
LD: Seattle or the Greek islands.
DJ: If you were given a one-way ticket to anywhere and had to stay there, where would you go?
LD: Seattle.
DJ: What do you do when you want to unwind?
LD: I love to read--and play bridge!
DJ: If you were asked to speak at a local high school graduation, what would be the main points of your speech?
LD: Keys to success---be the best you can be!
DJ: What’s the best advice you ever received?
LD: It's not how many times you get knocked down that’s important; it's how many times you get back up!
DJ: What’s the worst advice you ever received?
LD: Take that German class, it's easy!
DJ: What’s your favorite TV show?
LD: CNN news
DJ: What’s your favorite movie?
LD: "The Lion in Winter" with Katharine Hepburn or "The Big Chill"
DJ: What’s your favorite book?
LD: "Seven Levels of Intimacy"
DJ: What’s your favorite restaurant?
LD: Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse
DJ: Who’s your favorite musician or band?
LD: Elvis!!!
DJ: If you were going on a road trip and could take only five CDs, what would they be?
LD: "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits"; "Elvis: #1 hits"; "Elvis: Greatest Gospel"; "Opera’s Greatest Aurias"; "Malt Shop Memories" (cd #4 60’s goldies!)
DJ: What piece of technology could you not live without?
LD: Cellphone.
DJ: What piece of technology could you do without?
LD: Cellphone!
DJ: What’s the worst movie you ever saw at a cinema?
LD: I never saw a bad one since I don't go very often.
DJ: List the five best movies of all-time.
LD: "Gone With the Wind"; "Sound of Music"; "The Big Chill"; "Out of Africa"; "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
DJ: What page or section do you first go to when you read a newspaper?
LD: Sports.
DJ: If you could have dinner with four other people, past or present, who would they be?
LD: Elvis, Patsy Cline; Jesus; Eleanor Roosevelt; Sacagawea or Bette Midler
DJ: Who's the person you’d most like to meet?
LD: Eleanor Roosevelt or Madeleine Albright.
DJ: Who will win the 2008 WNBA Championship?
LD: Indiana Fever!!!!