Chicago Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade announced today that the team has hired WNBA veteran Bridget Pettis as an assistant coach.
Bringing nearly three decades of WNBA experience to Chicago, Pettis’ WNBA career began in 1997 when she was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the seventh overall pick in the WNBA Elite Draft.
She played in the WNBA for eight seasons with the Mercury and Indiana Fever before joining Phoenix’s coaching staff as an assistant in 2006, helping lead the team to two WNBA championships (2007, 2009). Pettis served as the Mercury’s director of basketball operations from 2010-13 before joining the Los Angeles Sparks as an assistant coach in 2013. Most recently, Pettis spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Wings (2014-2017).
“I want to thank God and the organization for allowing me to be a part of this upcoming 2019 season,” Pettis said. “I am very excited about returning home to the Midwest and joining the Chicago Sky and Coach Wade’s staff. I am looking forward to implementing and building an even stronger culture while helping the players build a championship mentality as we push for the playoffs this season.”
A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Pettis joins assistant coach Carla Morrow, who returns for her third season with the Sky. Ann Crosby, Chicago’s 16-year veteran director of basketball operations and strength and development coach, and player development coach Emre Vatansever will remain in their roles to round out Coach Wade’s primary coaching staff for the upcoming season.
“Bridget has a wealth of experience as a player and coach and can identify with the team that we have,” Coach Wade said. “I’ve known Bridget for a long time and she is someone that I’ve always admired from afar. Working with people with bright minds such as Carla, Bridget, Emre and Ann really keeps people on their toes, and now that the coaching staff is finalized I just can’t wait to get going and get started.”
The Sky open the 2019 season on the road on Saturday, May 25 against the Minnesota Lynx. Chicago returns to host the defending 2018 WNBA champion Seattle Storm for an action-packed opening night at Wintrust Arena on Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.