By LARRY VAUGHT
If you have not had a chance to get to know new Kentucky women’s basketball assistant coach Lin Dunn, make sure to join myself and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM (107.5) or wpbkfm.com Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. when she will be our guest.
She has over 40 of coaching experience, including the WNBA where she led the Indiana Fever to the 2012 championship. Her collegiate experience includes Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue. She has also coached in the Olympics and is already in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
She began her career at Austin Peay as a physical education instructor in charge of the cheerleaders and a volunteer coach for girl’s volleyball, basketball and tennis.
“It was tough. I taught eight classes. I was a physical education teacher first. That is why they hired me. When I asked the AD if we could have teams, he said, ‘Sure, but we don’t have a budget for it. Just keep me informed what you are doing.’ We didn’t have much,” said Dunn.
“First and foremost, I was PE instructor. I taught all the one-hour classes that nobody else wanted to teach. Archery, golf, beginning swimming, intermediate swimming, advance swimming, officiating. That is how I started my career.
“I was at Austin Peay for six years basically as a volunteer coach because I did not get paid to coach. I got paid to teach and I got an extra $500 to be the cheerleader sponsor. I drove the cheerleaders for men’s basketball and football all over the OVC. They had to have a chaperone to drive them, and that was me.”
She has a deep respect for UK coach Matthew Mitchell and we will certainly talk about that today as well as the offseason turnover in the UK program that led to her joining the staff and coming out of retirement.
Cat Calls at Mallards
Then Thursday night from 6-7 we will be back at Mallard’s in Danville along with former UK center Dave Hopewell for our weekly Cat Calls. We’ll get Hopewell’s take on what happened at Florida and whether UK can salvage the season.
Also country music singer J.D. Shelburne will join us at 6:20 to discuss his Sept. 24th concert at Commonwealth Stadium.