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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Winters replaces Fortner as Fever coach

Associated Press

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.