The Chicago Sky have finalized their coaching staff for the 2019 season, and a former WNBA player will join head coach James Wade on the bench.
On Wednesday, the team announced that former player Bridget Pettis, the number seven pick in the 1997 WNBA Elite Draft, will join the Sky coaching staff.
Pettis played in the WNBA for eight seasons, and has served as a coach and as a director of basketball operations in the league since she retired following the 2005 season. She served as an assistant coach in Dallas from 2014 to 2017.
“I am looking forward to implementing and building an even stronger culture, while helping the players build a championship mentality as we push for the playoff this season,” she said in a statement.
Pettis will be joined on the staff by assistant coach Carla Morrow, who will be back for her third season. Ann Crosby will remain on the staff as a director of basketball operations and strength and development, and player development coach Emre Vatansever will be on the team’s staff as well, according to a press release.
The 2019 season will begin on May 25 when the Sky visit the Minnesota Lynx.