Whalen will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and provide signed merchandise for designated Bell events. Bell will also seek opportunities to pay it forward with Whalen through support of her favorite charities or causes.
“Coach Whalen has been an outstanding ambassador for the entire state of Minnesota,” says Michael Solberg, president and CEO of Bell Bank. “As we expand our markets, especially in the Twin Cities, Lindsay’s work with us will help build brand awareness. Her accomplishments and responsibilities as a professional basketball player, Olympic gold medalist and major college coach make her a role model whose values match up well with Bell’s.”
Currently in her first full season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota, Whalen was born and raised in Hutchinson, Minn. Whalen went on to star at Minnesota, where she became the only four-time team MVP in school history, led the team to its first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance, and had her jersey retired in 2005. Drafted by Connecticut, she starred for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, winning four WNBA championships, two world championships and two Olympic gold medals.
Whalen is married to former University of Minnesota All-American golfer Ben Greve.
Bell’s “Champion” partners now include professional basketball player Tyus Jones, professional golfers Tom Hoge and Amy Olson, country musician and sports radio personality Chris Hawkey, and The Blenders.