College - Louisiana Tech
Christie Sides enters her first season as a Sky assistant coach after eight years of coaching experience at the college, international and professional levels.
Since 2008, Sides has been an assistant on Spartak Moscow Region in Russia, where she helped Head Coach Pokey Chatman lead Spartak to consecutive FIBA EuroLeague Championships in 2008 and 2009. Sides has also served as an assistant on the Slovakian Womenís National Team coaching staff since 2008 helping the team qualify for the European Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Slovaks took eighth place in 2009, their highest finish of Sidesí tenure.
From 2004-2007 Sides was an assistant on the Louisiana State University staff also under Coach Chatman. She helped guide the Lady Tigers program to three Final Fours and two Southeastern Conference regular season titles in her 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 junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Ruston (La.) High School where she served under Ricky Durrett. While at Ruston, Sides helped guide the Lady Bearcats to consecutive state playoff appearances.
Athletically, Sides played her first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss for Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor and helped the Rebels to a 34-22 overall record. She then 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 holds the career record at Tech for three-point field goal percentage and ranks seventh in three-pointers made and eighth in three-pointer attempted.
Earlier in her playing career, Sides led Central Private High School to the state championship her senior season while earning 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.
Sides is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.