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Jennifer Gillom promoted to Minnesota Lynx head coach

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jennifer_gillomThe Minnesota Lynx last week announced that Don Zierden has resigned as head coach to join Flip Saunders' staff with the NBA's Washington Wizards. Lynx assistant coach and women's basketball great Jennifer Gillom has been promoted to head coach, becoming the sixth head coach in team history.

Gillom joined the Lynx as an assistant coach on Zierden's staff in 2008 after an extremely distinguished professional career. With the Lynx, Gillom was responsible for assisting with the team's scouting efforts, talent evaluation, and player development with a focus on the forwards and centers. Under Gillom's tutelage, center Nicky Anosike earned WNBA All-Rookie Team honors. Additionally, forward Charde Houston averaged 8.8 ppg in 2008, the highest scoring average ever by a third round or later pick in their rookie season in WNBA history.

Gillom, who was one of the first players signed by the WNBA, played seven seasons in the league (1997 - 2003), including six with the Phoenix Mercury. She led the Mercury to three playoff berths (1997, 1998, 2000), where they advanced to the 1998 WNBA Finals. After playing her final season with the Los Angeles Sparks, Gillom retired from the WNBA with career averages of 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Her best season in the WNBA came with the Mercury in 1998, where she closed out the season with career-high averages of 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Gillom began her coaching career in 2004 with the girl's basketball team at Xavier College Preparatory, a private high school in Phoenix, Ariz. During her five years as head coach, Gillom has compiled a 120-25 record (.828 winning percentage).

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