The Indiana Pacers announced on Monday that they’re hiring longtime WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as the first female assistant general manager in NBA history.  Shewas previously the president and general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

After 17 years as the Fever’s president and general manager, Krauskopf joined the Pacers to oversee their new esports entry in the NBA2K League.


Krauskopf will work with 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 statement. “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.”

This move will certainly be the first of many for women in NBA to take on roles as franchise’s general managers.