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Kentucky hires Hall of Famer as new assistant

Matthew Mitchell completes his coaching staff with the hire of Lin Dunn.

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Kentucky.com has reported, that Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn, has decided to come out of retirement and will be joining Matthew Mitchell's coaching staff at Kentucky. There has been a lot of movement happening at Kentucky as multiple coaches and players have left the program.

Despite the large turnover however, the athletic director is still confident in Mitchell and his ability to turn around his program.

Dunn retired from coaching in 2014. She is one of the most well known coaches in the women's game, rather it be the professional level or college. Her hire will be the last one for Mitchell, as he has already added Kyra Elzy, Niya Butts and Amber Smith to his revamped coaching staff.

In her 25 years of coaching at the college level, Dunn has an overall record of 447-257. During that time she coached at  Austin Peay, Ole Miss, Miami (Florida) and Purdue.

Dunn appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times and went to the Final Four once with Purdue. Following her college coaching career, she headed to the American Basketball League and coached the Portland Power, before the league folded and the WNBA was created.

She was the first coach and general manager for the Seattle Storm, before stepping down. A few years later she emerged again this time on the Indiana Fever's bench as an assistant coach starting in 2004.

By 2008, Dunn was promoted to head coach of the Fever where she stayed until her retirement in 2014. In 2012, the Fever won the WNBA Championship title under her leadership.

As stated in the Kentucky.com release, Mitchell already was in communication with Dunn last season as a consultant to help increase their offensive efficiency. There is no doubt Dunn will be able to bring her expertise to the Kentucky sidelines and return the Wildcats to a further run in the post season.