The WNBA’s best team has the best coach, according to a vote of league media: Cheryl Reeve of the Minnesota Lynx has been voted 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year.
Reeve received 17 votes from the 39-member panel to win the award for the second time in her career. She also won in 2011.
Brian Agler of the Los Angeles Sparks finished second with 12 votes. Jenny Boucek of the Seattle Storm and Bill Laimbeer of the New York Liberty each earned three votes apiece.
“I’m honored to have been voted as the 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year,” Reeve said. “This season has been incredibly rewarding on so many levels. I’m thankful for the recognition that this award brings to our staff, who I am indebted to for their countless hours of preparation.”
It is a testament to Reeve’s ability that she earned the award, which typically goes to coaches of overachieving teams, despite a roster with four Olympians on it—Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen.
Reeve’s Lynx finished the season 28-6, and earned the top seed in the 2016 playoffs. If the Lynx hold serve and win the WNBA title, it will be their fourth in six years.
Reeve and the Lynx get another chance to add to her .750 career playoff winning percentage (30-10) Friday night at 8 p.m. EST, when Minnesota takes on Phoenix in Game 2 of thw WNBA semifinals. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
Full vote totals are below:
17 Cheryl Reeve Minnesota Lynx
12 Brian Agler Los Angeles Sparks
3 Jenny Boucek Seattle Storm
3 Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty
2 Curt Miller Connecticut Sun
1 Michael Cooper Atlanta Dream
1 Stephanie White Indiana Fever