CHICAGO (Jan. 25, 2022) – The Chicago Sky have hired Ann Wauters as an assistant coach, General Manager and Head Coach James Wade announced today.

“We are very excited to welcome Ann to our staff.” Wade said. “Ann has a wealth of experience. She was always recognized as being a smart, skilled and a hardworking player. I’m so happy that she’s decided to share that with us. I think we all benefit from having players on staff. Especially ones as accomplished and team oriented as Ann.”

Wauters, has played professional basketball for over two decades and is no stranger to the WNBA. She was drafted went #1 in the 2000 WNBA Draft and won a championship in 2016 with the LA Sparks. During her career she has earned four EuroLeague titles, one EuroCup title, 12 domestic championships, 11 Cups, a Bronze medal at the European Championship and she is a five-time European player of the year. Wauters retired from playing this past summer following the Olympics in Tokyo.

“I am thrilled to get this opportunity to be part of the Chicago Sky staff,” Wauters said. “Being able to finish my playing career this summer at the Olympics with the Belgian national team was a dream coming true. I am ready to make the next step in my professional career. I have known James for more than 20 years and I look forward to learn from him and the entire coaching staff. Excited to work really hard to bring back another Championship.

Wauters was the assistant coach at the World Championship U19 in 2015 where she received her A level coaching degree. She will join Tonya Edwards and Emre Vatansever on Wade’s bench for the upcoming 2022 WNBA season.

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