Pacers make Kelly Krauskopf first female assistant GM in NBA history

The Pacers have hired longtime WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as an assistant general manager, making her the first woman to hold that role in any NBA front office. 

Krauskopf, who oversees the Pacers’ esports entry in the NBA2K league, has been the president and CEO of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever since their inception in 2000. Now she’ll join the Pacers’ basketball operations staff, including president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and assistant GM Peter Dinwiddie.

“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” Pacers owner Herb Simon said in a release. “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.”

With her move to the Pacers, Krauskopf will give up her duties with both the Fever and esports, the release said.

The Fever made the playoffs 12 times during Krauskopf’s tenure and won the league title in 2013. The former Texas A&M player was the WNBA’s director of basketball operations before joining the Fever.