The Indiana Pacers are hiring longtime WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as the first female assistant general manager in NBA history, league sources told ESPN on Monday.
Krauskopf will utilize the Pacers’ basketball operations team, including president of general manager Chad Buchanan basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and helper GM Peter Dinwiddie.
Major League Baseball has had two women helper GMs, such as present New York Yankees executive Jean Afterman and former La Dodgers executive Kim Ng. Krauskopf will be the earliest at the GM level, although there are numerous rising female executives in the NBA.
Krauskopf have been president and general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for 17 years before relinquishing simply the GM duties in 20 17 to oversee the Pacers’ fresh E-Sports entrance in the NBA2K League.
She has received a significant role on three Olympic teams with USA Basketball’s women’s national team.
Since she moves into a role in the Pacers’ front office, she’s relinquishing E-Sports duties along with her WNBA, sources said.
Krauskopf built a WNBA championship franchise in 2003 from the Fever’s expansion season. Indiana advanced since 2009 to 3 Finals appearances, also won the 2013 WNBA name. Previously, she had become the WNBA’s primary manager of operations, starting in 1996. She was a college basketball star at Texas A&M from the 1980s.