POKEY CHATMAN

Education: LSU, 1987-1991
High School: Hahnville High School (Boutte, La.)
Hometown: Ama, La.
Born: June 18, 1969

The sixth head coach in Indiana Fever history, Pokey Chatman boasts an accomplished record with success at every level of women’s basketball. After six seasons as head coach and general manager of the Chicago Sky, Chatman was named to her post with the Fever on Nov. 18, 2016.

Chatman engineered Chicago’s ascent in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, guiding the Sky to their first playoff appearance in 2013 and leading the franchise to the WNBA Finals a year later. She finished her assignment in the Windy City with a 106-98 regular season record, four straight playoff appearances and an 8-12 mark in the postseason.

Prior to her time in the WNBA, she enjoyed a 20-year career at Louisiana State that included four seasons as a starting point guard, followed by assignments as assistant coach, associate coach and, for three seasons from 2004-07, head coach. During her lengthy tenure at LSU, she attended three Final Fours and was a part of 15 NCAA Tournament teams. As acting head coach and head coach, she led the Tigers to three consecutive Final Fours including a 2005 loss in the national semifinals at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. She earned national coach of the year accolades in her first full season in 2005.

Her diverse resume also includes a pair of EuroLeague titles with Spartak Moscow, first as an assistant in 2009, and another while serving as head coach of the Russian powerhouse for four seasons from 2009-13.

Internationally, Chatman was a part of two gold-medal teams with USA Basketball. As a player, she won gold with the USA’s U18 squad that won the FIBA Americas championship in Brazil in 1988. She was an assistant coach with the U.S. team at the World University Games in 2005 in Turkey. She also coached the national team of Slovakia for two seasons.

LSU
A 1987 graduate of Hahnville High School and a native of Ama, La., Chatman dazzled LSU fans for four years as LSU’s starting point guard in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Her fiery demeanor and floor leadership helped her transition to coaching and a 16-year tenure on the LSU coaching staff. She served as a student assistant coach for one season (1991-92) before accepting a full-time post as assistant coach in 1992-93. Chatman was elevated to associate coach in 1999. She was the Lady Tigers’ acting head coach in 2003-04 after hall of fame coach Sue Gunter took a midseason medical leave. Chatman became the school’s fourth head coach in April 2004.

There are few coaches in basketball history that can match the success that Chatman enjoyed in her three-plus years as head coach of the LSU women’s basketball program. Counting her time as acting head coach, LSU won 105 games (105-19), advanced to three NCAA Final Fours, won two Southeastern Conference regular season titles and earned a No. 1 seed in two NCAA Tournaments.

In fact, in Chatman’s first 50 games as a head coach, she won an astonishing 47 times. That 47-3 record was noted as the second-best record after 50 games in women’s basketball history. Soon after she assumed head coaching reigns late in 2003-04, she introduced LSU to its first NCAA Final Four, with subsequent appearances each year thereafter.

Once regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiters, she quickly became known as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the collegiate ranks. Since her promotion to associate coach in 1999, the Lady Tigers participated in nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Chatman assumed LSU’s recruiting efforts in the mid-1990s and the program climbed instantly. The Lady Tigers had eight straight classes rank among the top 20 in the nation, including a 2004 freshman class with three Parade All-Americans and future WNBA draft picks: Sylvia Fowles, Quianna Chaney and Erica White. Chatman later helped land Seimone Augustus, now a perennial WNBA All-Star who finished her LSU career as a two-time national player of the year and the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick (2006).

Chatman helped sign Aiysha Smith, a 2003 first-round pick of the Washington Mystics; DeTrina White, the 1998-99 national freshman of the year and a second-round pick of the Fever in 2003; current WNBA player Doneeka Hodges and Temeka Johnson, a first-round pick of the Washington Mystics and the 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year who broke Chatman’s career assists record.

Besides Johnson and White whom she recruited, Chatman helped tutor some of the finest guards in the country. Marie Ferdinand was a 2001 Kodak All-America selection who became a first-round WNBA draft pick and a WNBA All-Star. Elaine Powell enjoyed a lengthy career with three WNBA titles as part of the Detroit Shock. Pietra Gay was a member of the 1997 WNBA champion Houston Comets.

Inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 prior to her head coaching role with the Lady Tigers, Chatman quickly rose to the top of her profession. Capping her first season as head coach in 2005, she won multiple national coach of the year accolades. She was named the Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and the Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

EUROPE & CHICAGO SKY
Chatman arrived with the Sky in 2011 in the midst of a six-year coaching run in Europe.

Hired to coach the Slovakian national team in 2008, she served simultaneously as an assistant coach with Spartak Moscow, a star-studded Russian club that annually employed one of Europe’s top teams. Chatman was elevated to head coaching status with Spartak prior to the 2009-10 campaign which netted a 16-0 EuroLeague record and the club’s fourth consecutive EuroLeague championship.

The following summer, her Slovakian team narrowly missed a bid to the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Months later, Chatman accepted her position as the Sky’s general manager and head coach, Oct. 29, 2010, just as she embarked on her second of four seasons as head coach with Spartak.

Spartak returned to the EuroLeague Finals again in 2011, and posted Final Eight finishes in 2012 and 2013 as Chatman was reversing WNBA fortunes in Chicago.

The Sky recorded a pair of 14-20 campaigns in 2011 and 2012 before Chatman nabbed Elena Delle Donne with the second selection of the 2013 WNBA Draft. Chatman surrounded Delle Donne, the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a future MVP, with additional young talent through the draft. She executed trades for star veterans Cappie Pondexter and Erika de Souza.

Chatman and the Sky reached the playoffs for the first time in club history in 2013 to begin a four-year playoff run. In 2014 she led the WNBA’s youngest team to the team’s second postseason appearance and, following playoff wins over Atlanta and Indiana, guided the Sky into the 2014 WNBA Finals.

POINT GUARD
Long before her term in Chicago, Chatman began breaking barriers during her days as a college point guard. She helped LSU to its first Southeastern Conference Tournament title as a senior point guard, and later helped the program climb the national rankings as both an assistant and head coach.

Playing for the legendary Gunter from 1987-91, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to the 1991 conference tourney championship while earning honors as the tournament MVP. It capped a career that featured three All-SEC awards and her naming as a Kodak All-American as a senior. She played in four NCAA Tournaments at LSU and left the playing floor with an 82-38 record.

Still the school’s record-holder in career steals (346), she owned the LSU assists standard for 14 seasons before she watched it fall while patrolling the sidelines. The Louisiana native ushered in the 3-point era at LSU by pacing the Lady Tigers in 3-point percentage in each of four seasons. She led the SEC in 3-point field goals made as a junior and senior.

Born June 18, 1969, Chatman earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from LSU in December of 1991.

Pokey Chatman

POKEY CHATMAN

Pokey Chatman

Education: LSU, 1987-1991
High School: Hahnville High School
Hometown: Ama, La.
Born: June 18, 1969

The sixth head coach in Indiana Fever history, Pokey Chatman boasts an accomplished record with success at every level of women’s basketball. After six seasons as head coach and general manager of the Chicago Sky, Chatman was named to her post with the Fever on Nov. 18, 2016.

Chatman engineered Chicago’s ascent in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, guiding the Sky to their first playoff appearance in 2013 and leading the franchise to the WNBA Finals a year later. She finished her assignment in the Windy City with a 106-98 regular season record, four straight playoff appearances and an 8-12 mark in the postseason.

Prior to her time in the WNBA, she enjoyed a 20-year career at Louisiana State that included four seasons as a starting point guard, followed by assignments as assistant coach, associate coach and, for three seasons from 2004-07, head coach. During her lengthy tenure at LSU, she attended three Final Fours and was a part of 15 NCAA Tournament teams. As acting head coach and head coach, she led the Tigers to three consecutive Final Fours including a 2005 loss in the national semifinals at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. She earned national coach of the year accolades in her first full season in 2005.

Her diverse resume also includes a pair of EuroLeague titles with Spartak Moscow, first as an assistant in 2009, and another while serving as head coach of the Russian powerhouse for four seasons from 2009-13.

Internationally, Chatman was a part of two gold-medal teams with USA Basketball. As a player, she won gold with the USA’s U18 squad that won the FIBA Americas championship in Brazil in 1988. She was an assistant coach with the U.S. team at the World University Games in 2005 in Turkey. She also coached the national team of Slovakia for two seasons.

LSU
A 1987 graduate of Hahnville High School and a native of Ama, La., Chatman dazzled LSU fans for four years as LSU’s starting point guard in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Her fiery demeanor and floor leadership helped her transition to coaching and a 16-year tenure on the LSU coaching staff. She served as a student assistant coach for one season (1991-92) before accepting a full-time post as assistant coach in 1992-93. Chatman was elevated to associate coach in 1999. She was the Lady Tigers’ acting head coach in 2003-04 after hall of fame coach Sue Gunter took a midseason medical leave. Chatman became the school’s fourth head coach in April 2004.

There are few coaches in basketball history that can match the success that Chatman enjoyed in her three-plus years as head coach of the LSU women’s basketball program. Counting her time as acting head coach, LSU won 106 games (106-19), advanced to three NCAA Final Fours, won two Southeastern Conference regular season titles and earned a No. 1 seed in two NCAA Tournaments.

In fact, in Chatman’s first 50 games as a head coach, she won an astonishing 47 times. That 47-3 record was noted as the second-best record after 50 games in women’s basketball history. Soon after she assumed head coaching reigns late in 2003-04, she introduced LSU to its first NCAA Final Four, with subsequent appearances each year thereafter.

Once regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiters, she quickly became known as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the collegiate ranks. Since her promotion to associate coach in 1999, the Lady Tigers participated in nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Chatman assumed LSU’s recruiting efforts in the mid-1990s and the program climbed instantly. The Lady Tigers had eight straight classes rank among the top 20 in the nation, including a 2004 freshman class with three Parade All-Americans and future WNBA draft picks: Sylvia Fowles, Quianna Chaney and Erica White. Chatman later helped land Seimone Augustus, now a perennial WNBA All-Star who finished her LSU career as a two-time national player of the year and the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick (2006).

Chatman helped sign Aiysha Smith, a 2003 first-round pick of the Washington Mystics; DeTrina White, the 1998-99 national freshman of the year and a second-round pick of the Fever in 2003; current WNBA player Doneeka Hodges and Temeka Johnson, a first-round pick of the Washington Mystics and the 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year who broke Chatman’s career assists record.

Besides Johnson and White whom she recruited, Chatman helped tutor some of the finest guards in the country. Marie Ferdinand was a 2001 Kodak All-America selection who became a first-round WNBA draft pick and a WNBA All-Star. Elaine Powell enjoyed a lengthy career with three WNBA titles as part of the Detroit Shock. Pietra Gay was a member of the 1997 WNBA champion Houston Comets.

Inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 prior to her head coaching role with the Lady Tigers, Chatman quickly rose to the top of her profession. Capping her first season as head coach in 2005, she won multiple national coach of the year accolades. She was named the Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and the Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

EUROPE & CHICAGO SKY
Chatman arrived with the Sky in 2011 in the midst of a six-year coaching run in Europe.

Hired to coach the Slovakian national team in 2008, she served simultaneously as an assistant coach with Spartak Moscow, a star-studded Russian club that annually employed one of Europe’s top teams. Chatman was elevated to head coaching status with Spartak prior to the 2009-10 campaign which netted a 16-0 EuroLeague record and the club’s fourth consecutive EuroLeague championship.

The following summer, her Slovakian team narrowly missed a bid to the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Months later, Chatman accepted her position as the Sky’s general manager and head coach, Oct. 29, 2010, just as she embarked on her second of four seasons as head coach with Spartak.

Spartak returned to the EuroLeague Finals again in 2011, and posted Final Eight finishes in 2012 and 2013 as Chatman was reversing WNBA fortunes in Chicago.

The Sky recorded a pair of 14-20 campaigns in 2011 and 2012 before Chatman nabbed Elena Delle Donne with the second selection of the 2013 WNBA Draft. Chatman surrounded Delle Donne, the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a future MVP, with additional young talent through the draft. She executed trades for star veterans Cappie Pondexter and Erika de Souza.

Chatman and the Sky reached the playoffs for the first time in club history in 2013 to begin a four-year playoff run. In 2014 she led the WNBA’s youngest team to the team’s second postseason appearance and, following playoff wins over Atlanta and Indiana, guided the Sky into the 2014 WNBA Finals.

POINT GUARD
Long before her term in Chicago, Chatman began breaking barriers during her days as a college point guard. She helped LSU to its first Southeastern Conference Tournament title as a senior point guard, and later helped the program climb the national rankings as both an assistant and head coach.

Playing for the legendary Gunter from 1987-91, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to the 1991 conference tourney championship while earning honors as the tournament MVP. It capped a career that featured three All-SEC awards and her naming as a Kodak All-American as a senior. She played in four NCAA Tournaments at LSU and left the playing floor with an 82-38 record.

Still the school’s record-holder in career steals (346), she owned the LSU assists standard for 14 seasons before she watched it fall while patrolling the sidelines. The Louisiana native ushered in the 3-point era at LSU by pacing the Lady Tigers in 3-point percentage in each of four seasons. She led the SEC in 3-point field goals made as a junior and senior.

Born June 18, 1969, Chatman earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from LSU in December of 1991.