Steven Key Named GM and Head Coach

The Sky announced the resignation of General Manager and Head Coach Bo Overton, effective immediately. Steven Key, formerly assistant coach, has been named GM and head coach. Key, 39, has been with the Sky since its inaugural season in 2006. He helped set up the organization, select talent and institute an aggressive, energetic style of play, and he played an integral role in the team’s dramatic improvement in its second season.

Prior to the Sky, Key was head coach for the Dusseldorf Magics, a professional men’s team in Germany, for three years. He guided the team to a third place finish, improving from a fifth place finish the year before. Prior to coaching, he spent over 10 years as a professional basketball player in Europe. The 6’4” Key was a point guard at Boston University, where he played for Coach Mike Jarvis. He graduated from BU in 1990 with a B.A. in Public Relations. Coach Key is a native of Maryland. He, his wife Janka and their infant daughter reside in downtown Chicago.

“It has been a privilege to be involved with the Sky from beginning and I am excited to continue our building process,” said Key. “The team made enormous strides in our second season and I have great respect for our athletes. They work hard both on the basketball court and in the community. I’m very enthusiastic about our future; with our current talent plus the number two pick in the rookie draft, the Sky is poised to reach new heights in 2008.”

“Steve has played a key role in helping to build and shape the Chicago Sky since day one,” said Sky CEO Margaret Stender. “He shares our values, work ethic and desire to improve and grow. He has my complete confidence as the Sky’s new GM and head coach.”