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Indiana Pacers assistant general manager Kelly Krauskopf speaks with media at the St. Vincent Center, December 17, 2018. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK) 11861066
Indiana Pacers assistant general manager Kelly Krauskopf speaks with media at the St. Vincent Center, December 17, 2018. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK) 11861066

Trailblazer

Kelly Krauskopf, ‘a true pioneer’ in basketball, makes NBA history with new job

By WITW Staff on December 18, 2018

The former president and COO of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, Kelly Krauskopf, has been recruited by the Indiana Pacers to become the first female assistant general manager of an NBA team.

“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” Pacers owner Herb Simon said in a statement. “I’ve worked with Kelly over the past two decades, so I know her tremendous basketball mind, strong work ethic and proven leadership skills will continue to be of great benefit to our organization.”

Under Krauskopf’s 17-year stewardship, the Fever made 13 playoff appearances, won three conference titles and the WNBA championship in 2012.

In a press conference posted to the Pacers’ YouTube account, Krauskopf reminded reporters that “the ball knows no gender — it’s really about the game and the opportunity.”

With 22 years now of WNBA history and accumulated knowledge, Krauskopf says “this is a great opportunity for young girls to aspire to be in management, to aspire to coach, to aspire to play.”

Read the full story at Sports Illustrated.

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