Thursday, December 11, 2003
Winters replaces Fortner as Fever coach
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former NBA guard Brian Winters was hired
Thursday as coach of the WNBA's Indiana Fever.
He replaces Nell Fortner, who resigned after the team finished
16-18 last season. Of the league's 14 teams, 10 are now coached by
men, five having played in the NBA.
Winters played nine NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and
Milwaukee Bucks and has 20 seasons of experience as an assistant or
head coach. He most recently scouted for the Golden State Warriors.
"Brian brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our
franchise," said Kelly Krauskopf, the Fever's chief operating
officer. "Not only was he a tremendous player, he also coached
alongside some of the most respected coaches in the game."
Fortner, who led the U.S. women's team to the gold medal at the
2000 Olympics, was 42-56 in three seasons. She had a year left on
her contract when she resigned in September.