UPDATE: Zierden resigns as Lynx coach; Gillom promoted

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx have promoted Jennifer Gillom to head coach after Don Zierden resigned to join Flip Saunders’ staff with the Washington Wizards.

Zierden’s resignation and Gillom’s promotion come just days before the Lynx open the WNBA season at home against Chicago on Saturday.

In two seasons as coach, Zierden led the Lynx to a 26-42 regular-season record, including a 16-18 mark in 2008. He returns to the NBA after stints as an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Detroit Pistons.

Gillom, a former Ole Miss standout, becomes the sixth head coach in Lynx history. She’s a former player for Phoenix and Los Angeles and had been an assistant with Minnesota for two years.

The Associated Press