WNBA All Star and Indiana Fever veteran Tamika Catchings announced Monday morning that she is stepping down from her roles as general manager and vice president of basketball operations for the team. Catchings says it’s time to “take a well-earned rest, and prioritize my family, my philanthropy, our community, and my other passions.”
Catchings was drafted 3rd overall by the Indiana Fever in 2001. Injuries kept her on the bench for the 2001 season, but in 2002 Catchings was named WNBA Rookie of the Year.
She retired in 2016 holding numerous scoring and rebounding records. In 2017, she joined the Fever as director of player programs and franchise development.
“For more than 30 years, this game I love has been a very pivotal part of my life. First as a player and then as an executive, I have been committed to the challenge of finding ways to improve, ways to succeed, and ultimately ways to put my teams in winning positions. In short, basketball has been central to all I do for as long as I can remember and has driven me to become the person I am,” said Catchings.
In her statement, Catchings said “change is never easy,” but she will be forever grateful to the Pacers Sports and Entertainment organization.
PS&E owner Herb Simon said in a statement, said Catchings’ ability to “encourage, inspire, and unify Hoosiers, both on and off the court, has made her one of Indiana’s most beloved and respected civic voices.”
The organization says Catchings will continue in her volunteer role as Co-Chair for the 2024 NBA All-Star Board of Directors.
Former Fever coach Lin Dunn will take over as interim general manager and senior advisor for Fever basketball operations.