Pacers Sports & Entertainment has selected former WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber as president and chief operating officer of the Indiana Fever. Additionally, former Fever star Tamika Catchings will rejoin the team as vice president of basketball operations.
Barber currently serves as president of Western Governors University Advancement, a position she took last May. She succeeds Kelly Krauskopf, who stepped down in December to become assistant general manager of the Indiana Pacers. Barber will begin her new role March 18.
Catchings previously served as director of player programs and franchise development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment. In her new role, she will be responsible for the day-to-day basketball operations for the Fever. Catchings spent 16 seasons with the Fever and earned four Olympic gold medals and a WNBA Championship.
Rick Fuson, president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, calls both Barber and Catchings "dynamic and qualified" leaders who will build on the Fever’s legacy.
"Allison’s proven experience includes remarkable success in marketing and communications at the highest levels of business, education and government in our city and state, which will serve as a great benefit to our organization and our loyal fans," Fuson said in a news release. "When combined with Tamika’s professional leadership, strong work ethic and incredible basketball mind, the future is bright for the Indiana Fever."