Katie Smith is returning to the Minnesota Lynx as lead assistant coach on Cheryl Reeve's staff as news broke by Winsidr.
Smith's contract was not renewed as the head coach of the New York Liberty where she compiled an overall record of 17-51 in her two seasons. Prior to her role as head coach, Smith served as an assistant coach with the Liberty for four seasons.
I am very excited to return back to the city, team, and fans where my WNBA career began. I can’t wait to get to work with the staff and team! Thank you @minnesotalynx @LynxCoachReeve pic.twitter.com/Pr681z3EAL
— Katie Smith – OLY (@katiesmith30) January 14, 2020
"We are so happy that Katie Smith is returning to the Minnesota Lynx. She is a Lynx legend and will once again be a tremendous asset to the organization," said Reeve per release.
The pair reunite once again as the duo won two WNBA championships with the Detroit Shock when Smith was a player and Reeve was an assistant coach. As a player, Smith is one of the most decorated players in WNBA history. She began her career with the Columbus Quest but played for the Minnesota Lynx from 1999-2005 where her name is written all over the record books.
As a two-time WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, Smith is one of the most legendary players in league history. She was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and is also a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Minnesota Lynx assistant Walt Hopkins was recently named the head coach of the New York Liberty, which makes for an interesting swap of roles. It is undetermined yet if long-time Lynx assistant Shelley Patterson will follow Hopkins to the Liberty or not. Patterson has been with the Lynx since 2010 and a move to New York would create another vacancy on Reeve's staff to fill.
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