INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For the past 44 seasons, Fever head coach Lin Dunn has paced the sidelines of the college and professional game. Not only has she seen it change, she’s helped shape it.
“She has been a trailblazer, working for equality in women’s basketball, women’s sports” said Fever assistant coach Stephanie White, who will take over as head coach of the Fever when Dunn retires at the end of the season.
Over the weekend, Dunn was recognized for her pioneering, being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in her home state of Tennessee.
“It was amazing,” said Dunn. “I had so many family and friends and former players and assistant coaches. It was really overwhelming.”
As a head coach for both the Fever, and formerly of Purdue, Dunn has helped shape some of Indiana’s best and brightest basketball minds including White, who first met her before even high school.
“I was part of this thing called the Little Lady Boiler Club,’’ said White. “We had an event after the game. My aunt had introduced me to her and said, ‘she wants to play for you one day.’ She looks at me and says, ‘You’ve got big hands, and you’ve got big feet, so maybe one day you can be a player,’ and that was the first time I met Lin Dunn.”
Dunn has been instrumental in the Fever’s rise through the WNBA, leading them to their first and only championship in 2012.
“I think what she’s brought to this organization is just that five star mentality,” said Fever star Tamika Catchings. “We’re going to get it. We’re going to get after it.”
In Dunn’s final season as head coach, she hopes to leave her players and coaches with the desire to always persevere.
“No matter what adversity you face, fight through it, get around it, get over it,” said Dunn. “Just don’t ever give up, just keep fighting.”