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Dunn to retire as Indiana Fever coach

May 6, 2014

Indiana Fever Coach Lin Dunn on Tuesday announced she would retire from coaching following the upcoming season.

The 66-year-old Dunn, who will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14, has been the Fever coach since 2008. She led the team to the Women's National Basketball Association championship in 2012.

Former Fever player Stephanie White, currently one of Dunn's assistant coaches, will become head coach in 2015.

Dunn, who graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin, coached in the college ranks for more than two decades, amassing a 447-257 record. She led Purdue University to the Final Four in 1994.

Dunn was fired at Purdue after the 1995-96 season, but was hired by the Portland Power of the fledgling American Basketball League in 1996. She was ABL’s coach of the year in 1998, right before that league folded.

She got her first job in the WNBA in 2000, when she joined the Seattle Storm.

Dunn joined the Fever in 2003 as a scout. She later served as assistant coach before becoming head coach.

Dunn will remain with the Fever organization in 2015, serving as senior basketball adviser.

“It’s time for a new challenge,” said Dunn in a prepared statement. “I have truly treasured my time with Pacers Sports & Entertainment. I am thrilled that we won the 2012 WNBA championship for our franchise and our fans, and I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to work with [Fever CEO] Kelly Krauskopf, [Pacers President] Jim Morris and our owner, Herb Simon. I plan to move into a consulting role with the Fever and continue to mentor and advise pro and college coaches.”

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