Kelly Krauskopf, chief operating officer and general manager of the Indiana Fever address the media as they announce a new partnership with Finish Line prior to Game three of the 2012 WNBA Finals on October 19, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Indiana Pacers Hire NBA’s First Female Assistant General Manager

Kelly Krauskopf spent the last 19 seasons as the Indiana Fever’s top executive.

The Indiana Pacers have hired longtime WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as their assistant general manager — making her the first female assistant GM in NBA history.

Krauskopf, who has spent the last 19 seasons as the Indiana Fever’s top executive, will work with the Pacers’ basketball operations staff, including president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and assistant GM Peter Dinwiddie.

During Krauskopf’s tenure with the Fever, the team made 12 playoff appearances, won three conference titles and the WNBA championship in 2012.

In addition to pro ball, Krauskopf has been involved with USA Basketball’s women’s national team and played a part in the selection process for three gold-medal-winning Olympic teams.

“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,” Pritchard said. “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.”

She will step down from the Fever and join the Pacers starting January 1.

“The chance to work in an NBA front office for a first-class organization filled with great people I know and in a city that has become my home is extraordinary,” Krauskopf said. “My past experience has shown me that building winning teams and elite level culture is not based on gender – it is based on people and processes. I am excited to join the Pacers as we continue building the best NBA franchise in the business.”

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