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Ackerman will help lead search for replacement

Updated: October 21, 2004, 10:49 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Val Ackerman, the WNBA's president since its inception in 1996, will step down next spring, the league announced Thursday.

"The past eight years have required much sacrifice in my family life, and at this juncture it is my profound desire to devote myself more fully to the lives and activities of my daughters," said Ackerman.

Ackerman will remain at her post until Feb. 1.

Anne Sarnoff, who was named the league's chief operating officer last February, is regarded as a ...

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