Marianne Stanley is out as the head coach of the Indiana Fever. This was first reported by Khristina Williams on Wednesday afternoon.
Also per Williams, Assistant Coach Carlos Knox will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Marianne Stanley had been the coach of the Fever since 2020. Indiana is 14-49 since she has taken over, including a 2-7 start this season. After missing the playoffs two years in a row the Fever were looking to see some progress in Stanley’s third season. Before the 2021-22 season interim GM Lin Dunn had this to say about expectations for the season.
“Our goal right now is to get better and to improve. I think if we do the right things in this draft, if core players that are overseas now come back better, then we have a situation where we will improve, and anything’s possible,” she said. “I don’t want to say, ‘We’re going to make the playoffs.’ If we get enough improvement, then maybe we will challenge for the playoffs.”
The Fever made five picks in the first twenty selections of the draft this offseason, and four of those rookies are playing big minutes. With an expectation to grow as a team to get the young players off on the right foot, a 2-7 start was not what the franchise was expecting.
And it’s not just the losses, but also how the team is playing. They are 11th in net rating and 10th in both offensive and defensive rating. They are also 11th in point differential and 10th in turnovers-per-game. And finally, they are giving up the most points-per-game in the league (88.9).
With Indiana looking to the future, the time was now to make a change. Whether or not the change will turn this season around remains to be seen. But what this could mean for them beyond this season is arguably much more important.
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