The Indiana Pacers are hiring longtime WNBA govt Kelly Krauskopf as the first female assistant general manager in NBA historical past, league sources instructed ESPN on Monday.

Krauskopf will work with the Pacers basketball operations employees, together with President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and assistant GM Peter Dinwiddie.

Main League Baseball has had two ladies assistant GMs, together with present New York Yankees govt Jean Afterman and former Los Angeles Dodgers govt Kim Ng. There are a number of rising female executives within the NBA, however Krauskopf would be the first on the assistant GM degree.

Krauskopf had been president and general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for 17 years till relinquishing solely the GM duties in 2017 to oversee the Pacers’ new esports entry within the NBA2K League.

She’s additionally has had a major function with USA Basketball’s ladies’s nationwide group, taking part in an element within the choice course of on three gold-medal profitable Olympic groups.

As she strikes right into a full-time function within the Pacers entrance workplace, she’s relinquishing her WNBA and esports duties, sources mentioned.

There’s a rising variety of ladies in entrance workplace basketball roles within the NBA, together with Becky Bonner (Orlando), Amanda Inexperienced (Oklahoma Metropolis), Teresa Resch (Toronto), Michelle Leftwich (Atlanta), Ariana Andonian (Houston) and Natalie Jay (Brooklyn).

Krauskopf constructed a WNBA championship franchise from the Fever’s growth season in 2003. Indiana won the 2013 WNBA title, and superior to three Finals appearances since 2009. Beforehand, she had been the WNBA’s first Director of Operations, starting in 1996. She was a university basketball star at Texas A&M within the 1980s.

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