As one of the most active wheelers and dealers last offseason, the Chicago Sky entered the 2012 campaign with returning the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year in superstar center Sylvia Fowles, and another pair of All-Stars in guards Epiphanny Prince and Courtney Vandersloot and snagged Swin Cash, from Seattle as well as two-time champion Le’coe Willingham. And, not least of all, they brought in Ticha Penicheiro, one of the WNBA’s Top 15 greats, in addition to Ruth Riley.
2011: Focus, Fight, Finish for Forty
2011 again saw more change for the Sky as our fourth Head Coach & GM, Pokey Chatman was introduced to Sky fans as their new leader in October 2010. 2011 was also the year of Sylvia Fowles. She spent the season breaking franchise and WNBA records. In her fourth season in the WNBA, Fowles proved once again to be a true student of the game as she continued to make improvements to her game.
2010: Making Moves
In 2010, the Sky’s biggest move took place when they relocated their home to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. The Sky went 14-20, recording 7 wins and 10 losses both home on in their new venue and away. This year saw big-name player trades, breakout performances, and exciting rookies. The season started with many new faces including Cat Kraayeveld and Shameka Christon who the Sky acquired from New York in a blockbuster 3 team trade.
2009: A Year Full of Excitement
2009 proved to be one of the most exciting years for the Chicago Sky. Its overall record improved from the 12-22 in 2008 to 16-18, the best record in Sky history so far. At home, the Sky had a winning record of 12-5. Head Coach Steven Key’s remained at the helm and his coaching values of work ethic and willingness to improve shaped this team into a formidable opponent.
2008: Fine Tuning
This season saw the arrival of a highly touted rookie center out of LSU, Sylvia Fowles, with the second pick and also another change in leadership with Sky Assistant Steven Key being named Head Coach & General Manager. The Sky also continued to fine tune their roster and add the pieces of the puzzle that would bring them stability and players to grow with in the coming years.
2007: New Faces
2007 was a new year, with a new Head Coach, and some fresh new faces including Chicago native Dominique Canty, free agent Kayte Christensen, Claire Coggins, Chasity Melvin and rookies Armintie Price & Stephanie Raymond who graduated from Northern Illinois University. The addition of Head Coach Bo Overton and rookie sensation Price proved to be beneficial as the Sky’s record improved to 14-20.
2006: The Inaugural Season
In its inaugural season, the brand new Chicago Sky hosted a roster led by a mix of players from various WNBA teams. Following an expansion draft held in late 2005 the the first roster of players put on the inaugural Chicago Sky jersey in the summer of 2006.