Considered a basketball celebrity, when he was a student in 1973, he achieved an outstanding performance and obtained the title of the Year. At the University of Minnesota, he continued his career as a mentor to the Golden Valley Lutheran College team, being 5 seasons.
Expanding his horizons, Flip Saunders began to train with other teams and during the summer of 1988 to 1989, he was appointed Rapid City Thrillers coach of the Continental Basketball Association and La Crosse Catbirds, being champions of the CBA.
For the year 1994 and 1995, he became the coach of Sioux Falls Skyforce. In addition, he had a proposal to be the president and manager of La Crosse Catbirds from 1991 to 1993, combining both positions perfectly.
In 2009, he signed a contract for 18 million dollars for four seasons, which ended in 2012.
Flip Saunders was the head coach of Minnesota Timberwolves, starting in 2014.
He had the title of Class A Basketball Player of the Year in his home state of Ohio. At the University of Minnesota, he began his career and remained for 5 seasons. He also belonged to the team at the University of Tulsa, as an assistant, for two periods.
Being a trainer of La Crosse Catbirds, he won two CBA Championships. He coached the Detroit Pistons from 2005 to 2008 and also coached the Washington Wizards from 2009 to 2012.
Also, during the years 2004 and 2006, he had the charge of head coach of the NBA All-Star Game. In 2012 he was an advisor to the Boston Celtics and president of basketball operations with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Flip Saunders died of cancer at the age of 60 years and a fortune of 30 million dollars.