Pamela McGee enters her first season with the Detroit Shock as assistant coach. McGee will be involved with planning defensive strategies and player development, concentrating on post development and interior play. A native of Flint, Michigan, McGee most recently served as an assistant coach with the Chicago State University women’s basketball team. McGee played professionally in the WNBA for the Sacramento Monarchs and the Los Angeles Sparks after being drafted with the second overall in the WNBA’s 1997 inaugural season. The former NCAA Kodak All-American also won championships in the Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian professional leagues, and was a four-time European All-Star. McGee led USC to two NCAA women’s basketball national championships (1983-1984), and is a former Olympic Gold Medallist (1984). McGee, identical twin sister Paula, future WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper, and future WNBA Head Coach Cheryl Miller formed the core of what some consider the best collegiate team in the history of women’s basketball. McGee first enjoyed championship success as a prep athlete at Flint Northern High School where she won two MHSAA basketball state titles and led her team to a 75-0 record. She received All-State and All-American honors and was the MVP in the Parade All-American classic honoring the nation’s finest high school players.
McGee is also a breast cancer survivor, divorcee, and is the mother of two children (JaVele, Imani). She travels the country as a motivational speaker with her “10 affirmations of survival and recovery.” A graduate from USC with a degree in Economics and Communications, McGee serves as a role model for single parents, women, and inner-city youth.