American professional basketball player Lindsay Whalen currently plies her trade with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as a point guard. She is also the head coach of the University of Minnesota’s women’s basketball team.
In the course of her professional career from 2004 to present, Whalen has won four WNBA titles with the Lynx as well as World and Olympic titles with the United States women’s national basketball team. She represented the country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and in Rio 2016 – both of which she brought home gold medals.
Lindsay Whalen’s Biography
Lindsay Marie Whalen Greve was born on May 9, 1982, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to parents Kathy and Neil Whalen.
Growing up in the city with her four siblings – two brothers and two sisters, Whalen developed love and passion for basketball at a very young age. She played the game for fun as a teenager and then came to the beginning of her basketball career at Hutchinson High School.
Lindsay Whalen began her career in the game since high school, at her place of birth. During those years, she excelled not just in basketball, but also in tennis and tracks.
Whalen was a four-time All-Missota Conference pick as well as a four-time honorable mention All-State selection in basketball. As a junior, she averaged 22.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists and later on, won a state title. She was placed 13th nationally with her club team, the Minnesota Jaguars.
The University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball Program became prominent during Whalen’s college career when she became the school’s highest scorer on January 2004. It was also a time which saw a surge in attendance in the Female basket games.
The same year, she got selected in the first of WNBA draft by Connecticut Sun and remained the highest drafted player from the Big Ten Conference until 2015. She was named for the fifth time in her career among the WNBA All-Star with an average of 10.9 points per game and 4.3 assists per game.
So far, her legacy in women’s basketball includes; Two-time Wade Trophy Finalist (2003, 2004) and a two-time Naismith Award Finalist (2003, 2004); Kodak All-American First Team during her senior year; Made the USBWA All-American Second Team and AP All-American Second Team.
Following her prowess, Lindsay Whalen soon became the first Golden Gopher to earn All-American honors in three different seasons. To crown it all, she also led Minnesota to its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2004 – the program had been to the tournament only once before she joined the team.
Whalen was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten in three consecutive years 2002 to 2004 and won the 2004 and 2002 Fast Break Club Award. In 2005, the University of Minnesota retired her jersey number 13 in a ceremony at Williams Arena. On an international level, she has played in Russia, Turkey, and the Czech Republic.
With the legacy of a five-time All-WNBA point guard, Lindsay Whalen was made the head coach of the University of Minnesota’s women’s basketball team on April 12, 2018. She continues to play basketball for the Lynx while fulfilling her coaching obligations.
As a WNBA star as well as a basketball coach, Linsay Whalen earns a substantial amount of money. According to Bijog, she takes home $330,000 every year, thus her net worth is pegged at around $3,630,000. Not bad for one who’s been playing since 2004 to present.
Whalen’s interest in the sport was inherited from her family who are pretty much into the games. Even her younger siblings, Casey, Katie, Thomas, and Annie loves sports just as well. Her father Neil Whalen was a hockey referee.
Lindsay Whalen is married to Ben Greve, former Minnesota Golden Gophers golfer cum insurance advisor. Like Whalen, Greve is also a champion, he made history after winning the Minnesota State Open for the second straight year, after joining John Harris and Tom Lehman as the tournament’s only repeat winners.
After what seemed like a fulfilled career in sports, Ben Greve now focused on his job as an insurance agent and spending time with his basketball star wife.
The athletic couple met during their freshman year at the University and later got married in their hometown on Oct. 6, 2008. They have been happy together ever since without scandals or controversies.