Coach Bio

Pokey Chatman
College - Louisiana State

Now entering into her fifth season coaching in the WNBA, Pokey Chatman has paved the way for a tradition of success with the Chicago Sky organization.

After being named Head Coach and General Manager of the Chicago Sky on Oct. 29, 2010, Chatman led a young Sky squad to a 14-20 record in each of her first two seasons. In 2013 with the addition of Elena Delle Donne, Chatman led the Sky to a 24-10 record to finish atop the Eastern Conference. Chatman and the Sky made history in 2013 by securing the first playoff berth in franchise history.

The following season, Coach Chatman led the WNBA’s youngest team through a season of adversity to secure the franchise’s second consecutive playoff appearance. With a healthy roster returning for the 2014 WNBA Playoffs, Chatman led the Sky to the team’s deepest postseason run in franchise history. As the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sky knocked off the two top seeds to win the Eastern Conference Championship. Chatman brought the city of Chicago its first-ever WNBA. An expert at guiding young, talented players, the organization’s future looks promising in the hands of Coach Chatman.

Chatman came to the Sky after coaching professional women’s basketball in Russia and 15 years on the coaching staff at Louisiana State University (LSU), her alma mater.

She served two seasons as an assistant coach for the Russian Spartak Moscow Region before being promoted to head coach in 2010. That year, she led her team to a perfect 16-0 record in Euroleague, the most competitive European basketball league, and also claimed the esteemed 2010 Euroleague Championship. Chatman also helped coach the traditionally unsuccessful Slovakian national women’s team narrowly miss a spot in the FIBA World Championship.

Chatman was named head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers in the 2003-2004 season, when Sue Gunter was forced to take medical leave mid-season. Chatman went a remarkable 47-3 in her first 50 games as head coach, the second best starting record in women’s basketball history. She later took the Tigers to three consecutive finished in the Final Four. In her first full season as head coach, she was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Naismith National Coach of the Year, and the Victor Award Female Coach of the Year. Chatman earned a coaching record of 90-14 with the Lady Tigers in three season as head coach and 15 seasons overall.

She has earned two gold medals with USA basketball, one as a player for the Junior National Team in 1987 and another as an assistant coach of the World University Team in 2005.

As an LSU point guard from 1987-1991, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to their first ever SEC Tournament title in 1991, and earned recognition as the tournament’s MVP. In her college career, she was named All-SEC three times, named Kodak All-American in 1991 and set 20 school records.

Chatman earned her Bachelor’s Degree from LSU in December of 1991. She is originally from Ama, Louisiana.


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