Basketball: Indiana Pacers Hires Kelly Krauskopf the First Female Assistant GM in NBA

Kelly Krauskopf Pacers

The Indiana Pacers has named former WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as the team’s assistant general manager, making her the first woman to hold the position in NBA history.

Krauskopf has been the president and CEO of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for 19 seasons. She also oversaw Pacers’ esports entry in the NBA2K League last year and had a part in the selection process of the gold-medal winning USA Basketball’s women’s national team in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

In the new role, Krauskopf will be working with the Pacers’ operations staff, including president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan.

“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.”

Krauskopf said she was “honoured” to work in an NBA front office. “My past experience has shown me that building winning teams and elite level culture is not based on gender – it is based on people and processes,” said Krauskopf. “I am excited to join the Pacers as we continue building the best NBA franchise in the business.”