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Lynx go with Minneapolis native Zierden as coach

12/13/2006 - WNBA Minnesota Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx introduced former
Timberwolves assistant Don Zierden as their new head coach on
Wednesday.

Zierden, a native of Minneapolis who coached the boys at
DeLaSalle High School to a state championship in 1985 in his first
year there, spent five seasons on the Wolves bench under coach Flip
Saunders from 2000-05. He joined Saunders on the staff of the
Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2005.

"The Lynx have a great core group of players that I'm looking
forward to working with as they continue to develop," Zierden
said. "Having this opportunity in my hometown is incredible."

Seimone Augustus finished second in WNBA scoring in her rookie
season, averaging 21.9 points for the Lynx.

Also a head coach in the CBA with the Pittsburgh Piranhas and La
Crosse Bobcats in the 1990s, Zierden hired former Lynx guard Teresa
Edwards and former Timberwolves assistant Ed Prohofsky as assistant
coaches to go along with Carolyn Jenkins, a holdover from the
previous staff under coach Suzie McConnell Serio.

After posting the only two winning records in the franchise's
eight seasons, the Lynx have gone 14-20 and 10-24. McConnell Serio
was replaced in the final month of last season by Jenkins as
interim coach.