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 staff, including President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard, overall manager Chad Buchanan and GM Peter Dinwiddie.

Major League Baseball has had two girls assistant GMs, for example current New York Yankees executive Jean Afterman and former Los Angeles Dodgers executive Kim Ng. Krauskopf is going to be the first at the assistant GM degree, although there are many female executives at the NBA.

Krauskopf have been president and general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for 17 years until relinquishing only the GM duties in 20 17 to oversee the Pacers’ brand new esports entry inside the NBA2K League.

She has also has received a substantial role on three gold-medal winning Olympic teams with USA Basketball’s women’s national team, playing a part in the selection process.

Since she moves into a role in the Pacers front office, she’s relinquishing her WNBA and esports duties, sources said.

Krauskopf assembled a WNBA championship franchise by the expansion season of the Fever in 2003. Indiana acquired the 2013 WNBA name, also advanced since 2009 to about three Finals looks. Previously, she had been the first Director of Operations of the WNBA, beginning in 1996. She was a college basketball star at Texas A&M from the 1980s.


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