College – University of Cincinnati
Amber Stocks was named the fifth head coach in Chicago Sky history on December 13, 2016. A veteran coach, she came to the Sky after two successful seasons as the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks.
During her time with the Sparks, Stocks helped turn around a franchise that went 14-20 in 2015 to 26-8 in 2016. Stocks was key in scouting and game preparation throughout the playoffs spurring the Sparks run to 2016 WNBA Champions. In addition to her essential role in strategy preparation, Stocks was also responsible for coaching the LA frontcourt, which included the 2016 WNBA MVP, the 2016 6th Woman and the 2016 Finals MVP.
A long time collegiate women’s basketball coach, Stocks has taken her coaching expertise to television, appearing as a color analyst on ESPN 3, the Big East Digital Network and FoxSports. As a transition out of collegiate coaching, Stocks worked as the Program Director and Head Coach for the Tucson HEAT Basketball Association (2009-13) in Arizona.
Most recently in the college ranks, Stocks spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Xavier University (2002-06, 2007-09). During her tenure with the Musketeers, she assisted Kevin McGuff in putting together five 20-win seasons and six national post-season appearances. Prior to joining Xavier, Stocks spent two seasons on staff at the University of Tennessee (2000-2002), working closely with then Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt. She was part of two regular season SEC Championships and the team advanced to the 2002 Final Four. While at Tennessee, Stocks worked with an array of decorated Lady Vols and future WNBA standouts.
A four-year women’s basketball letter winner at University of Cincinnati, Stocks was a four-time Bearcat Scholar honoree, three-time Defensive Player Award recipient and helped lead the Bearcats to a Conference USA Championship. She played 116 games in her career, making 99 starts from 1995-99, and finished her career in the record books for multiple categories including games played and three-point shots made. Also while at UC, Stocks was an All-Conference track athlete, earning two letters in track and field and setting two school records.
Stocks worked at the University of Notre Dame from 1999-2000 as a strength and conditioning coach. She also served as a student assistant strength and conditioning coach at Cincinnati and Xavier during her undergraduate career.
Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Stocks earned a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education with a concentration in exercise and sport science from the University of Cincinnati in 1999.
Stocks has two sons, Liam (LJ) and Spencer.