Former Indiana Pacers player Carlos Knox will not return as head coach of Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever announced a coaching change a few weeks ago – the franchise won’t retain Carlos Knox in the role next season.

Knox served as Fever’s interim head coach for the final 27 games of the 2022 season. He became the roster leader after Hall of Famer Marianne Stanley was fired in May. The Fever won three of their first nine games with Knox at the helm, but lost 18 in a row to wrap up their season.

Knox finished with a 3-24 record as head coach. He’s known for being one of the best coaches when it comes to player development, and it showed with Indiana. But the results weren’t enough for interim general manager Lin Dunn to stay with Knox ahead of the 2023 season.

“We’ve taken some big steps forward this year, but the expectation for this team and this franchise is sustained success on the field. We’re working hard to build a coaching staff that will meet that expectation,” said Dunn in a statement released by Fever. She was hoping for more wins in her first year as acting general manager.

It’s unclear which direction the Fever is going with its coaching search, but based on recent comments from Dunn and franchise cornerstone NaLyssa Smith, someone with a winning pedigree could end up with the job. .

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Knox has many connections to Indianapolis fever and basketball. He is part of the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame and is still the school’s top scorer to this day. After college, he played with the Indiana Pacers for preseason action in the 1998-99 season. The Pacers would reach the Eastern Conference Finals that year, although Knox did not appear in a regular season game.

Knox played professionally overseas for nearly a decade before entering the coaching ranks. He was on the Fever staff for three seasons in the mid-2010s, including the 2015 team that reached the WNBA Finals. Knox is well known for the player development work he did with WNBA legend Tamika Catchings.

“I want to thank the Indiana Fever organization for the opportunity to step in as interim head coach and lead an exceptional group of young women! I wish each of them the absolute best in the seasons. coming soon! Thank you Indy and Fever fans for your support!” Knox tweeted a day after his announcement, the franchise would not retain him as head coach.

It’s currently unclear what’s next for Carlos Knox after his short stint in charge of the fever.

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