SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/PACERS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Kelly Krauskopf is in her 19th season as the Indiana Fever’s top executive, engineering the franchise from its birth in 1999 and directing the club’s
business and basketball interests all the way to three WNBA Finals appearances since 2009 and its first league championship in 2012. The club’s
chief operating officer through 16 seasons and general manager for 12 seasons since 2006, she was promoted to President in October 2012. She
relinquished her general manager’s role following the 2017 season.
Krauskopf was selected in Fall 2017 to oversee the launch of the Pacers eSports business as the Pacers fielded a team in the inaugural NBA2k
league in 2018. Krauskopf’s leadership and guidance over the new venture includes branding, marketing, operations and financials for the team.
Specific to the Fever and WNBA, she is the longest-tenured senior team executive in the league, dating beyond the Fever to her time as the
league’s first Director of Basketball Operations in 1996. The only chief executive in Fever history, Krauskopf has been the guiding force of the
Fever from building the team roster to building a fan base for Indiana’s WNBA franchise. She oversees all aspects of the team’s operation.
Krauskopf has guided the franchise to 13 playoff berths in its first 19 seasons – including a run of 12 consecutive from 2005 to 2016 that was the
second-longest playoff streak in American pro sports at the time it ended. Under her guidance, the Fever secured identical 21-13 records in 2005,
2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011; and set its club standard with 22-12 records in each of its first two seasons reaching the WNBA Finals - 2009 and 2012.
Indiana reached the Finals a third time in 2015.
Though Indiana reached the WNBA Finals in 2009 and though the franchise had achieved such consistent, annual success, the Fever had never
won the title -- until the 2012 season culminated in a magical playoff run resulting in the city’s first professional basketball crown since the 1973
ABA Indiana Pacers.
Through 2012, Krauskopf also served on USA Basketball’s Women’s Senior National Team Committee, helping select WNBA players to develop
U.S. National Team rosters. Krauskopf joined the committee in 2000, helping select the gold-medal winning roster for the 2004 Summer Olympics
in Athens, and again for Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
Krauskopf has been in the forefront of the development of the WNBA. In September 1996, she was named the WNBA’s first Director of Basketball
Operations. In that role, she was involved in all phases of the league’s start-up operation and initiatives. She also developed the league’s first
set of playing rules, officiating policies, scheduling and other league standards, while working daily with WNBA team general managers and
Before joining the WNBA, Krauskopf was the Managing Director of League Development for Media Sports Partnership, Limited in Dallas, Tex. From
1990 to 1994, she was Assistant Commissioner for the Southwest Conference. In addition to overseeing league marketing, she was the chief
administrator for all eight women’s sports programs in the conference. She served from 1986 to 1990 as Texas A&M’s Assistant Athletic Director
for Women’s Sports/Marketing.
Krauskopf currently serves on the boards of the Patachou Foundation, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and United Way of Central Indiana.
Previous community service includes the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Citizenship for Sports Alliance, Indiana Sports Corporation
President’s Council and the Texas A&M’s Lettermen’s Association. She played a prominent role in bringing the 2011 and 2016 Women’s Final
Fours to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
In 2013, she was named a Sports Business Journal Game-Changer for impact on the industry.
A 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, she was a three-year letterwinner in basketball for the Lady
Aggies after transferring from Stephen F. Austin University where she played her freshman year under legendary coach Sue Gunter.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL COUNSEL
Frank Pulice is the SVP & General Counsel of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, overseeing all legal matters for the Indiana Pacers,
Indiana Fever, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Frank is a 1993 graduate of Purdue University and a 1996 graduate
of Hofstra University School of Law. After law school Frank spent a year working with BWD Group, an insurance broker in New York
specializing in sports insurance that negotiates and administers league-wide insurance programs for the NBA, WNBA, NHL and MLB.
In 1998, Frank joined the law firm of Salyers & Eiteljorg in Indianapolis, serving first as an associate and later as partner, a firm that
served as outside general counsel to Pacers Sports & Entertainment from 1983 until 2011. In 2011, Frank moved in-house to create
the legal department of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
Frank is currently the Chair of the Board for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and serves on the Board of the Boiler Business
Exchange of Indianapolis and the Advisory Board for the Eskenazi Health Initiative for Empowerment and Economic Independence.
Prior to that, Frank was Chair of the Board for the Central Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes for many years. Additionally, Frank
is currently serving a two-year term as a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Review Board.
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