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On December 13, 2006, the Lynx named veteran NBA assistant Don Zierden their fifth head coach.
His staff included former Lynx player Teresa Edwards.
On April 22, 1998, the WNBA announced they would add two expansion teams (Minnesota and the Orlando Miracle) for the 1999 season.
The team was officially named the Minnesota Lynx on December 5, 1998.
In the 2007 WNBA Draft, the Lynx traded center Tangela Smith, whom they acquired in the dispersal draft from the Charlotte Sting, to the Phoenix Mercury for point guard Lindsey Harding, who had been selected first overall.
The Lynx began the 2007 season 0–7, lost ten straight in July and failed to get into the playoff race. On November 1, 2007, assistant coach and former head coach Carolyn Jenkins was named Director of Player Personnel of the WNBA.
The 2008 season started out much different for the Lynx than in previous years.
In 2001, the Lynx took a turn for the worse as they posted a 12–20 record.With her team floundering to an 8–15 record, head coach Mc Connell-Serio resigned on July 23.She was replaced by assistant Carolyn Jenkins, who piloted the squad to a 2–9 finish. Following the season, Augustus was named the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year.Jennifer Gillom who replaced Teresa Edwards as an assistant coach the previous year, was promoted to head coach.
Another Zierden Lynx assistant, former NBA player Jim Petersen stayed with Gillom during the season, working with post players Charde Houston and Nicky Anosike. They started with a good run (7–3), but lost many key games, including a six-game losing streak, and finished 14–20, out from the playoffs for the fifth straight season.The Minnesota Lynx are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).The team won the WNBA title in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.After five disappointing seasons, the off-season brought much more impact to the franchise.