January 5, 2024 

Los Angeles Sparks name Raegan Pebley general manager

After a successful 21-year NCAA head coaching career, Pebley steps into WNBA front office role

Raegan Pebley will head the Los Angeles Sparks front office as the franchise’s general manager, the Sparks announced on Friday. Following a Division 1 head coaching stint from 2003-2023, Pebley looks forward to contributing to the “tradition and legacy” of the organization. A former player, Pebley was drafted by the Utah Starzz as the 21st overall pick in the WNBA draft after her collegiate tenure with the Colorado Buffaloes, and also played the 1998 season with the Cleveland Rockers.

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“I am so thankful for the opportunity that Eric Holoman and Karen Bryant have extended me to serve an organization that believes in the transformational impact women’s basketball can have on a community and society,” Pebley said. “[The Sparks] have played a key role in the current trajectory and growth we are seeing in women’s sports. I am eager to partner with our players, front office, coaching staff and community as we foster a culture where our players are resourced with all the tools they need as they courageously chase the best version of themselves and compete for WNBA championships.”

During her combined coaching tenure at Utah State, Fresno State and TCU, Pebley racked up a 283-268 record on the way to leading Fresno State to multiple NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back conference championships; she helped the TCU Horned Frogs secure three consecutive 22+ win seasons. Outside of her playing and coaching stints, Pebley was a television analyst for the Dallas Wings from 2016-2023 and served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors from 2018-2023.

Karen Bryant filled the role of general manager of the Sparks for the 2023 season, signing key veterans and obtaining multiple first-round picks to set up the Sparks for continued success.

“The plan was always to identify a permanent general manager and I’m excited to pass the baton to Raegan Pebley,” Bryant said.

Sparks managing partner and governor Eric Holoman looks forward to partnering with Pebley as the three-time WNBA champion Sparks build for the future.

“Raegan is an exceptional leader and culture builder,” Holoman said. “She has deep knowledge of the women’s basketball landscape and brings expertise in player development, talent evaluation, analytics and organizational leadership.”

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Eli Horowitz, who has been promoted to assistant general manager/vice president of scouting & analytics, will lead the organization alongside Pebley. Ilene Hauser, vice president of basketball operations/player relations, and two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Curt Miller round out the front office team alongside Pebley.

The Sparks hold the No. 2 & 12 overall picks in the 2024 WNBA Draft.

Written by Allie Griffith

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