Pacers name first female assistant GM in league history

Pacers name first female assistant GM in league history
Krauskopf honored at annual Masquerade at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Source: Pacers)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) -The Indiana Pacers made history Monday, when they announced the hiring of Kelly Krauskopf as Assistant General Manager.

Krauskopf will be the first female assistant GM in the history of the NBA.

For the past 19 seasons, Krauskopf led the Indiana Fever, as the franchises' top executive. She also oversaw the Pacers NBA 2K League team in 2018.

“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. “I am excited to join the Pacers as we continue building the best NBA franchise in the business.”

She’s been with the Fever since 1999, when it was created. Under her leadership, the Fever reached the playoffs 13 times, including three WNBA Finals appearances and the 2012 championship.

“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “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’s previous titles include the first Director of Basketball Operations for the WNBA and Managing Director of League Development for Media Sports Partnerships.

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