Lynx assistant coach and Timberwolves TV broadcaster Jim Petersen is a candidate to become the head coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
Petersen has interviewed with the Sun twice and said he would give the job serious consideration should he be offered the position.
“They have a really nice young team,” Petersen said of the Sun. “If they’d have been healthy [last season] they’d have been a playoff team.”
The Sun is looking for a replacement for Anne Donovan, who resigned after going 38-64 in three seasons. The 2015 team was beset by injuries — the biggest was losing post player Chiney Ogwumike for the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on her right knee — and finished 15-19.
Petersen did a preliminary interview with the Sun over the phone, then interviewed in Connecticut on Nov. 12.
Originally hired as a Lynx assistant in 2008, he was kept on the staff when Cheryl Reeve became coach in 2010 and has been part of three WNBA championships.
Petersen, a native of St. Louis Park, is in his 18th season as a Wolves analyst, having worked on radio broadcasts before joining the Fox Sports North TV crew.
“The situation with the Lynx has been perfect,” Petersen said. “I’ve been able to dovetail seasons without impinging on the Wolves at either end.”
Petersen said should he be offered the job, he would have to weigh what he has now — working two basketball-related jobs in his hometown — with that lure of being a head coach. “It would require a lot of adjustments on the Wolves side,” he said.
If an offer is coming it could be soon. “I’m lucky to be considered,” Petersen said. “I’ll listen to any offer if that happens, then decide what I want to do.”