The Indiana Fever has named veteran college, international and WNBA coach Christie Sides assistant coach. She most recently served as associate head coach at Northwestern University. Sides also spent six seasons as assistant coach with the Chicago Sky, alongside current Fever Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. Sides replaces Steven Key.
From 2009-13, she served as an assistant for Spartak Moscow Region in Russia, where she helped Chatman lead Spartak to consecutive FIBA EuroLeague Championships in 2009 and 2010 and five Final Eight finishes overall. Sides also served as Chatman’s assistant with the Slovakian Women’s National Team for two years in the same period, helping the program to an eighth-place finish at the European Championships in 2009.
When Chatman accepted the Sky’s position as head coach and GM prior to the 2011 season, the duo maintained their Russia-to-Chicago schedule for three years as they began building the Sky into a conference contender.
From 2004-07, Sides was an assistant on the LSU staff with Chatman as head coach. She helped guide the Lady Tigers to three Final Fours and two Southeastern Conference regular season titles in three seasons with the team.
Prior to LSU, she spent the 2003-04 season at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. Sides began her coaching career as the head JV coach and assistant varsity coach at Ruston, Louisiana High School. While at Ruston, Sides helped guide the Lady Bearcats to consecutive state playoff appearances.
As a player, Sides played her first two college seasons at Ole Miss for Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor and helped the Rebels to a 34-22 overall record. She transferred to Louisiana Tech where she finished her playing career for fellow Hall of Fame coach Leon Barmore. Sides helped the Lady Techsters to a 61-6 record in two seasons, including a trip to the 1999 Final Four. She still holds the career record at Tech for 3-point field goal percentage (.448).
Sides is a native of Baton Rouge, where she led Central Private High School to a state championship as a senior while earning the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year award and all-state honors. She ended her high school playing career ranked No. 1 in school history with 3,375 points.