Long-time women's professional coach, Olaf Lange, was named assistant coach for the Chicago Sky on Tuesday.
Lange holds over 25 years of coaching experience. During his career, he coached UMMC Ekateringburg for six years from 2012-2018, which is a top Russian club filled with numerous WNBA players over the years. He led UMMC to five straight Russian Premier League championships and two EuroLeague titles in 2013 and 2016. He coached in Germany for the men's and women's national teams and at BTV 1846 Wuppertal where he led the team to a EuroLeague Championship in 1996.
"Olaf has a wealth of experience in the WNBA and abroad," said Chicago Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade. "He is no rookie and has always been known as a very intelligent coach. He is a players' coach who brings immeasurable value to every team that he coaches. We are not satisfied with the season we had last year, and I am confident with the addition of Olaf will help bring us one step closer to our ultimate goal. I am extremely pleased to be able to welcome him to our coaching staff.
His first stint in the WNBA dates back to 2007 when he joined the San Antonio Stars as an assistant coach and went on to aid in their only franchise Finals run in 2008. He also spent time as a consultant with the Chicago Sky, Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury. His most recent position is with the Australian Opals and will remain with the team as they qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Wade and Lange have worked together in the past at UMMC and know one another well.
"I am thrilled and honored for the opportunity to be a part of the Chicago Sky and work alongside James Wade and his coaching staff," Lange said per release. "It is an exciting time to join the Sky and I am looking forward to helping the team to achieve their goals in any way I can."
Lange fills the vacancy of Carla Morrow, who took an assistant coaching position with the Ohio State women's basketball team after the season.