College - Louisiana State
Pokey Chatman was named head coach of the Chicago Sky on Oct. 29, 2010. The 2011 season marks her first with the WNBA. She is the Sky’s fourth head coach.
Chatman comes to the Sky from three years of coaching professional women’s basketball in Russia and 15 years on the coaching staff at LSU, her alma mater.
She served two seasons as an assistant coach of Russian Spartak Moscow Region before being promoted to head coach in 2010. That year, Chatman led the team to a perfect 16-0 record in the Euroleague, the most competitive European basketball league, and also claimed the esteemed 2010 Euroleague Championship.
Chatman also coached the Slovakian national women’s basketball team from 2008-2010. In 2009 she took the traditionally unsuccessful Slovakian squad to the EuroBasket in Riga, where they narrowly missed 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. As head coach, she took the Tigers to three consecutive finishes in the Final Four. For her work in her first full season as a 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 seasons as head coach and 15 seasons overall.
She has earned two gold medals with USA basketball, first as a player for the Junior National Team in 1987, and then 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 Most Valuable Player. In her playing career at LSU, 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.