The Indiana Fever and newly named head coach Marianne Stanley announced the first addition to her staff this week in veteran coach Steve Smith.
Smith brings over 30 years of coaching experience at various levels, including at the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. His most recent WNBA position was with the Connecticut Sun on Curt Miller's staff. He has served as an assistant or scout for four franchises during his career including the Phoenix Mercury, Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Sparks.
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"I am thrilled to add Steve to our coaching staff," said Stanley per release. "His vast experience and knowledge within the WNBA include game preparation, scouting and player development, that will help us immensely. As we continue to build our championship culture, Steve's interpersonal skills will be invaluable."
Smith brings 21 years of WNBA experience to the table for the Fever. His collegiate background includes the head coach for the University of Dominican college on the men's side, where he held that role from 1990-1997. During his time as a high school coach in California, Smith coached future WNBA players Imani Stafford-McGee and Jordin Canada and won a state championship in 2011.
The Indiana Fever finished 10-24 last season. Former head coach Pokey Chatman was let go following the completion of the 2019 season after compiling an overall record of 28-74 in three seasons. The Fever hold a ton of potential for the future in offensive firepower of Kelsey Mitchell, six-foot-seven rookie center Teaira McCowan and WNBA All-Star MVP Erica Wheeler.
"When we selected Marianne as our head coach, we knew she would build her coaching staff with proven leaders and winners," said Indiana Fever General Manager Tamika Catchings. "We are confident in her selection and Steve's expertise."