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Chicago Sky fire head coach, GM Pokey Chatman

The Chicago Sky has chosen not to retain Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman; the Sky finished 18-16 in the 2016 campaign.

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CHICAGO, IL - The Chicago Sky has decided not to retain Pokey Chatman after her six-year tutelage as the Head Coach and General Manager. Under Chatman’s direction, the Sky were 106-98 in the regular season and finished 18-16 in the 2016 campaign.

“I have great appreciation and gratitude for the leadership Pokey brought to our franchise,” said Sky owner Michael Alter. “She took a perennial non playoff team and made us a contender. Pokey is as knowledgeable and hard working as anyone in basketball. I’m thankful we had the opportunity to work together closely for the past six years and I wish her well in her future endeavors.”

In 2013, Chatman paved the way for Chicago’s first playoff appearance in franchise history. A year later, the Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals.

"I want to thank the incredible fans of Chicago, my staff and all of the players for their hard work and dedication in helping to grow the franchise,” said Chatman. “I am proud of what we were able to accomplish, and appreciative of the opportunity given to me by Michael Alter."