Sky hired WNBA champion Ann Wauters as an assistant coach, originally appearing on NBC Sports Chicago
Chicago Sky has hired WNBA champion Ann Wauters as its assistant coach for the upcoming 2022 season, general manager and head coach James Wade announced Tuesday.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ann to our team,” said Wade. “Ann has a wealth of experience. She has always been recognized as a smart, capable and hardworking player. I’m so happy she decided to share this with us. I think we all benefit from having players on the team. Especially those who are as successful and team-oriented as Ann.”
Wauters was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Rockers in the 2000 WNBA Draft and won a championship with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016. She was teammates with current Sky star Candace Parker when she won the title.
In over two decades of professional basketball, Wauters has won four EuroLeague titles, one EuroCup title, 12 national championships, 11 cups, a bronze medal at the European Championships and is also a five-time European Player of the Year.
Wauters will join Sky after the team won its first championship in franchise history in October.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Chicago Sky team,” said Wauters. “Being able to end my playing career with the Belgium national team at the Olympics this summer was a dream come true. I am ready for the next step in my professional career. I’ve known James for over 20 years and look forward to learning from him and the entire coaching staff. Excited to work really hard to bring back another championship.”