Two months after being elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Indiana Fever coach Marianne Stanley has been fired, the team announced Wednesday.
In her first two seasons with the Fever, Stanley won just 12 games total, and this season the team was off to a 2-7 start. Only the New York Liberty have fewer wins this year.
She will be replaced by assistant coach Carlos Knox, who has been elevated to interim coach.
“With this new group of players, it is time for our organization to go in a different direction,” interim general manager Lin Dunn said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, and we wish Marianne the very best in the future.”
The Fever’s roster is loaded with five rookies, and Stanley was in the final year of her contract.
Stanley was elected to the Hall of Fame this year after a storied career as a player and coach.
She played for Immaculata College, helping the team to three Final Four appearances and two national titles. She started as a coach at Old Dominion, leading the program to an NCAA title in 1985. After stints at USC, Stanford, and California, Stanley made the jump to the WNBA.
After being named head coach of the Washington Mystics in 2002, she led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals and was named WNBA Coach of the Year. She also was an assistant with the New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks and Mystics.
The Indiana Fever named Stanley head coach before the 2020 season.
“I want to thank the Simon family and the Fever organization for the opportunity to lead this team over the past two and a half years,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball journey, as well as being able to spend more time with my family.”