MINNEAPOLIS (WJON News) -- Lindsay Whalen plans to step down as head coach of the Gophers Women's Basketball program, effective immediately.

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The news comes on the heals of the Gophers lost to Penn State Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament.

I want to thank Mark and the University for giving me the opportunity to lead this program five years ago. It was an honor of a lifetime. We did things the right way an created a lot of memories, but now is the right time for me to step aside and return to being a proud alum.

Whalen coached the Gophers from 2018-2023 and had an overall record of 71-76 and a Big Ten record of 32-58 in her five seasons.

University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle says Whalen will remain with Gopher Athletics as special assistant to the athletics director through April 2025.

I want to thank Lindsay for her hard work and dedication as a player and as the head coach of our program. She is one of the greatest alums and ambassadors this University has ever produced and her legacy of being a Minnesota icon is etched in stone.

Whalen played for the Gophers from 2000-04 and was the program's first three-time All-American in school history. She led the Gophers to their only Final Four in program history.

A national search for the next head women's basketball coach will begin immediately.





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