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Cheryl Reeve has been added to the Shock coaching staff.
“We’re happy to have been able to bring somebody in with Cheryl’s experience and background to join our staff,” said Laimbeer. “She’s one of the bright young coaches in the league; she knows the WNBA inside and out; she’s a good evaluator of talent; and her scouting preparation is excellent. Our goal as an organization is always to make the WNBA Finals, and then to win the championship, and with our coaching staff now complete, we are one step closer to that goal.”
“I’m excited to be a part of a championship-caliber team, a great coaching staff and a city with an extensive basketball tradition,” added Reeve. “Bill has created an environment here in Detroit where all aspects of the organization are focused on winning a title, and I expect to do my part as an assistant coach to make that a reality.
“A number of the current players on the team know what it is like to be a champion, and I was fortunate enough to get a taste of that by coaching in the 2001 WNBA Finals. We are all universally focused on returning the Shock to that level of excellence, and the work that goes into that is already underway.”
Reeve got her start in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting in 2001 when she joined Anne Donovan’s staff as an assistant. After posting an 8-24 record he year previous, Charlotte turned things around in Reeve’s first year in purple and teal by going 18-14 and advancing to the WNBA Finals. They followed in 2002, with another 18-14 mark and their second straight appearance in the postseason.
Following the 2002 campaign, Donovan left to become the head coach of the Seattle Storm, and Dan Hughes and the Cleveland Rockers hired Reeve away from Charlotte. The Rockers advanced to the playoffs that year, but in the offseason ownership decided to cease operation of the team making Reeve a coaching free agent. She rejoined the Sting staff for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Prior to joining the WNBA, Reeve served as head coach at Indiana State from 1995-1999. She improved the team’s record each season, and led the squad to its first postseason berth in 20 years following the 1998-1999 campaign. Reeve also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington. The Colonials posted five 20-win seasons, captured three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and appeared in four NCAA tournaments during Reeve’s stint at GW.
As a player at La Salle, Reeve led the nationally-ranked Explorers to a 25-5 record in 1987-1988. She was named All-Metro Atlantic Conference and was an All-Big 5 selection as a senior. Reeve holds the school record for most games started (110) and ranks fourth on La Salle’s career assist leader board (420).
Reeve excelled athletically and academically at La Salle, graduating with a degree in computer science/management information systems. A Rhodes Scholar nominee, Reeve received both a MAAC Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate Award and a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1988. She went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration from her alma mater while also serving two years as an assistant coach for the Explorers.
The Detroit Shock open the 2006 WNBA Season at Indiana on May 20 at 7 p.m. The Shock home opener is scheduled for May 24 vs. the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are available by calling (248) 377-0100 or by logging on to www.detroitshock.com