She’s helping carry the torch and build upon an already proud legacy in sports.
Meet the new President & COO of the Indiana Fever, Allison Barber, and learn more about the “All for Love” campaign.
About Allison Barber:
Just the second person to head the Fever franchise, Barber replaces longtime Fever executive Kelly Krauskopf who led the organization since its founding twenty years ago and was named assistant general manager of the Indiana Pacers in December.
Barber is a native of Schererville, Ind. and graduate of Tennessee Temple University (Ph.D. in Leadership and B.S. in Elementary Education) and Indiana University (M.S. in Elementary Education);Tamika Catchings is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and 16-year WNBA superstar with the Indiana Fever, now named Vice President of Fever Basketball Operations.
Fever General Manager and Head Coach Pokey Chatman says in part, “Bringing Allison to our franchise and watching Tamika step into a larger role has leadership written all over it. Our franchise is fortunate to have the support of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and I know this will benefit our team as we head into the 2019 season. I’m confident we will land another quality player with the third pick in the upcoming draft, and along with our returning core and growth of last year’s rookie class, we are positioning ourselves to return to the playoffs.”
Barber, currently the president of Western Governors University (WGU) Advancement, the non-profit fundraising arm of WGU Indiana, and Chancellor of WGU Indiana, begins her new role with the Fever on March 18. Under her leadership, WGU Indiana experienced unprecedented growth in helping Hoosiers improve their lives by earning a college degree – growing from 250 students to 5,000 students and enrolling students in all 92 counties of the state. Previously, Barber was president of Sodenta, a strategic communications firm, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Special Detail to the Office of Global Communications in the White House. A recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Barber is as a state lead volunteer for the American Red Cross and serves on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Techpoint, Indiana Internet and the Elizabeth Dole Hidden Heroes foundation.
Catchings, previously Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment – including the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants – will be responsible for the coordination of day-to-day basketball operations in her new role. She joined the Indiana franchise in 2001 when she was the club’s first-round draft selection – just one year after the Fever was established. For the past 19 seasons, Catchings has been a constant ambassador and respected representative of the WNBA, NBA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment throughout her career – including her current role as a Co-Chair of the local organizing committee board of directors for the 2021 NBA All-Star in Indianapolis.
Fever’s 20th Season features a new ‘All For Love’ campaign
‘All For Love’ campaign celebrates the 20th Anniversary season by honoring the players’ hard work, skill, respect and sacrifice for their love of the game. The upcoming season will also include an extensive calendar of state-wide community events that will be announced at a later date.
The All For Love campaign surrounds Fever fans and the local community with bold player photography and headlines that speak to values, like ‘Heart is a muscle.’ or ‘Sacriﬁce should be a stat.’ The expansive campaign will include television, digital, out-of-home, print, in-stadium and community events.
■ Visit www.feverbasketball.com for more information on All For Love.
Single-game tickets for the 2019 Indiana Fever season go on sale Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Visit www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/tickets for more information.