Education: University of Illinois at Chicago 2010
High School: Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, MN)
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Born: March 16, 1988

A former college player who played five seasons professionally in Germany, Jessie Miller begins her second year as assistant coach with the Indiana Fever.

It is Miller’s first WNBA coaching position, after serving ten seasons in an operations and video capacity with the Chicago Sky. Pokey Chatman brought Miller from her staff in Chicago where she spent the previous two years as the club’s video coordinator and aided in player development. Miller managed opponent scouting operations and video coaching with the Sky, participating in daily practices at home, and on the road.

Miller coached with DJK Brose Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany, during the 2016-17 season, her first year as an assistant coach, following five years playing with the team.

A captain and four-year starter at Illinois-Chicago, Miller helped the Flames to the WNIT before playing overseas with DJK Brose Bamberg, from 2010-15.

“I’m excited about adding Jessie to our coaching staff,” said Chatman who spent the past six seasons leading the Sky. “Having watched her grow over the past six years, I am confident she will impact our opponent scouting/preparation, player development, and in-game strategy. She understands the league and will be key as we continue to build on the success of our franchise.”

A native of Burnsville, Minn., Miller received a B.S. in kinesiology from UIC in 2010. She has continued post-graduate coursework in Bamberg.

Jessie Miller
Jessie Miller

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago 2006-10
High School: Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, MN)
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Born: March 16, 1988

Veteran college, international and WNBA coach Christie Sides has joined the Indiana coaching staff for 2018. Most recently at Northwestern University, Sides is re-united with Pokey Chatman, with whom she has spent a combined 12 years at Louisiana State, overseas in Russia and Slovakia, and with the Chicago Sky.

“Christie’s a veteran coach with a wealth of WNBA experience,” said Chatman who was aided by Sides during the Sky’s run to an Eastern Conference championship and trip to the WNBA Finals in 2014. “Her ability to effectively communicate, and develop players with enthusiasm, is simply unmatched. Having previously worked together in college, abroad and in the WNBA, I am confident she will positively impact our team and organization.”

Sides was an assistant coach at Northwestern during the 2016-17 season, and named in May 2017 as associate head coach. She resigned prior to the 2017-18 season to begin her new post with the Fever. Prior to her stint with the Wildcats, she spent six seasons as assistant coach at Chatman’s side with the Sky.

From 2009-13, Sides served as an assistant for Spartak Moscow Region in Russia, where she helped Chatman lead Spartak to consecutive FIBA EuroLeague Championships in 2009 and 2010, and five Final Eight finishes overall. Sides also served as Chatman’s assistant with the Slovakian Women’s National Team for two years in the same period, helping the program to an eighth-place finish at the European Championships in 2009.

When Chatman accepted the Sky’s position as head coach and GM prior to the 2011 season, the duo maintained their Russia-to-Chicago schedule for three years as they began building the Sky into a conference contender.

From 2004-07, Sides was an assistant on the LSU staff with Chatman as head coach. She helped guide the Lady Tigers to three Final Fours and two Southeastern Conference regular season titles in three seasons with the team.

Prior to LSU, Sides spent the 2003-04 season at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. Sides began her coaching career as the head JV coach and assistant varsity coach at Ruston (La.) High School. While at Ruston, Sides helped guide the Lady Bearcats to consecutive state playoff appearances.

As a player, Sides played her first two college seasons at Ole Miss for Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor and helped the Rebels to a 34-22 overall record. She transferred to Louisiana Tech where she finished her playing career for fellow Hall of Fame coach Leon Barmore. Sides helped the Lady Techsters to a 61-6 record in two seasons, including a trip to the 1999 Final Four. She still holds the career record at Tech for 3-point field goal percentage (.448).

Born Jan. 17, 1977, Sides is a native of Baton Rouge where she led Central Private High School to a state championship as a senior and earned the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year award and all-state honors. She ended her high school playing career ranked No. 1 in school history with 3,375 points.