Kelly Krauskopf is the NBA’s first women assistant general manager.
“I hadn’t thought about any significant piece of being a female in this business,” explained the newest executive for the Indiana Pacers. “But I do understand the impact of what young women can see, ‘cause I do think that’s important. I think it’s important for women to see, you know, I see somebody doing this.”
Krauskopf played college basketball for Texas A&M in the 1980s and went on to become a trailblazer in pro basketball. In 1996, she was the WNBA’s first director of basketball operations and for the last 19 seasons, she has served as a top executive for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said in a statement.
During the 2017-18 season, seven women served NBA teams as president/CEO — the highest number in men’s professional sports.
Many see Krauskopf’s new role as a sign of progress for all women in sports.
History was made today when the @Pacers hired @FeverPrez as the first female assistant GM in @NBA history. An excellent hire! #EqualityForAll https://t.co/Yul3MYgBbP
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 17, 2018