Indiana Pacers Hire First Female Assistant GM in NBA History
The Indiana Pacers are enjoying a solid start to the season and now they are setting history in the process.
On Monday, the team announced the hiring of Kelly Krauskopf as their new assistant general manager, marking the first time in league history for a woman to hold such a high-ranking position.
Krauskopf is no stranger to the Pacers either. She has spent nearly two decades as a top executive of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever while overseeing Indiana’s new NBA2K league team. She was also named the WNBA’s first director of basketball operations and spent time on the USA Basketball’s women’s senior national team’s committee.
“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,” Krauskopf said in a statement released by the Pacers. “I am excited to join the Pacers as we continue building the best NBA franchise in the business.”
At 20-10, the Pacers are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, just two games away from the Toronto Raptors.
“She is very well respected in all basketball circles and she has great knowledge of our entire operation, so when we looked at this position, it made complete sense to just look in our own building,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said. “We think she will be a great asset to myself, general manager Chad Buchanan and senior vice-president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie as we pursue our goal of building a winning team for our state and our city.”
The hire is groundbreaking in the sense that women are finally gaining the recognition they deserve in basketball circles.
“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” team owner Herb Simon said. “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.”
The NBA is truly ahead of most sports leagues from all around the world.