The Indiana Pacers have promoted Kelly Krauskopf to assistant general manager. The team says Krauskopf, who currently serves as president of the Indiana Fever and also leads the Pacers Gaming esports team, will relinquish those duties and begin her new role at the beginning of the new year.
The promotion makes Krauskopf the first female assistant GM in the history of the NBA.
"Kelly has played the game, worked in the WNBA league office, helped build and run the Fever franchise from its beginning and eventually built a championship team," said Kevin Pritchard, president of basketball operations for the Pacers. "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. 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."
Krauskopf became the WNBA’s first director of basketball operations in 1996. She joined Pacers Sports & Entertainment in 1999 when the Fever was granted a WNBA franchise.
"As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport," said Herb Simon, owner of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. "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."