Fever to hire former assistant coach Kristi Sides as next head coach, per report

Kristi Sides will return to Indiana fever As chair, Winsidr’s Rachel Galligan reported on Thursday.

Sides worked as an assistant coach for the franchise from 2017-19 before moving to an assistant manager at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She was an assistant to Atlanta Dream Last season the WNBA worked under First Year Coach Tanisha Wright, who finished second in the Coach of the Year vote.

The Fever searches for answers as they rebuild a successful franchise. They did their last qualifier in 2016, Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings last season. They’ve only had one season since winning the 2012 Finals where they finished the regular season above 0.500. Those were the World Cup finals in 2015.

The 2022 season was an all-time low of .139 (5-31), but the group is small after a historic draft. The Fever became the first team with four picks in the first round and brought in NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, #2), Emily Engstler (Louisville, #4), Lexie Hull (Stanford, #6) and Queen Egbo (Baylor, #10). Indiana also drafted South Carolina champion Destany Henderson in the second round.

Indiana has the best chance (44.2%) of being the #1 pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft Lottery. The draft lottery is November 11th. They also have the No. 7 choice of trade with Dallas and the No. 13, 17 and 25. With a Decent spacious salary cap and young playersunprotected contracts, Fever could turn the trade around for more veteran talent around Kelsey Mitchell.

The Connecticut Sun They are now the only team looking for a head coach. sparks rented away Kurt Miller last month and the Dallas Wings It is said that they employ Latricia Trammell, formerly of Sparks.

WNBA coach search: Reeve re-logins with Lynx

The Minnesota Linux And it was announced Thursday, that coach Cheryl Reeve has signed a four-time contract extension. There has been speculation that Reeve will leave the franchise and take a job elsewhere after both of the championship dynasty have effectively retired.

Reeve was promoted from general manager to chief of basketball operations. Historically, extensions have not been signed until November or December, nor has it given any indication of any problems working on one of these extensions out of season. It will be her 14th season as a Minnesota coach, the longest in the league.

Her win percentage of 0.654 is the highest in league history and makes her the second to win more than 65% of their games, joining Van Chancellor. She is also the head coach of the national team, which won the World Cup title in September.

Who trains veteran Christie Sides?

The Atlanta Dream Christie Sides assistant coach looks at during a layoff for the WNBA pre-season game in May.  (Erica Denhoff/IKON Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Atlanta Dream Christie Sides assistant coach looks at during a layoff for the WNBA pre-season game in May. (Erica Denhoff/IKON Sportswire via Getty Images)

Sides joined Fever for the 2018 season after a stint at Northwestern. She again joined Pokey Chatman, then Artistic Director and Franchise Manager. Chatman and Sidis trained together for 12 years in Louisiana, with Chicago Sky And in foreign teams in Russia and Slovakia.

Chatman was fired in September 2019, ultimately ending Sides’ time with the team. In the two seasons, the fever went to 6-28 in 2018 and 13-21 in 2019. This was the last season of double-digit wins and the only one since the 2016 season (17-17).

The duo spent six seasons with Sky, where Sides was an assistant. They were starting Sky builders in the post-season contender and took them to their first post-season in 2013. Sky lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals that season, then made their debut in the 2014 Finals. It was four consecutive seasons of playoff-led appearances Sylvia Fowles, who later paid for the trade, and Elena Delle Donne.

From 2009-13, the duo also trained together in the Spartak Moscow region of Russia and went to back-to-back FIBA ​​EuroLeague tournaments in 2009 and 2010. They had five finals in the Final Eight for Strength of Strength. With the Slovak women’s national team, they finished eighth at the 2009 European Championship.

He also trained Sides at Ruston High School, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana State. She led her high school to the Louisiana State Championships as a player and was named state player of the year at Gatorade before playing for the Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech.

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