Head Coach Derek Fisher Named General Manager as Part of Contract Renewal
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today a reorganization of the basketball operations department, including the appointment of Derek Fisher to the position of General Manager and the renewal of his contract as Head Coach.
In two seasons as Head Coach, Fisher guided the Sparks to a 37-19 record and two postseason appearances, second to only Bill Laimbeer for regular seasons wins in that span.
“I’m honored to be named General Manager of the LA Sparks and continue my role as Head Coach,” Fisher said. “This organization has a dynamic history, the most passionate fans in the WNBA, and an ownership group committed to success on and off the court. I’m thankful for the opportunity and excited to guide this team as we pursue a fourth WNBA title.”
Michael Fischer, who has served as Assistant General Manager since the 2018 season, has been named Vice President of Player Personnel. Sparks Managing Partner and Governor Eric Holoman will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Governor.
“Over the past year, the Sparks have worked diligently to establish a new culture for basketball operations under the leadership of Derek, Michael and I,” Holoman said. “Derek is a proven winner and has brought strong leadership skills to the organization. Michael is a WNBA veteran with invaluable experience in player personnel. I have full confidence that this front office will continue to put the Sparks in position to compete for championships every year.”
On the business side, President and COO Danita Johnson will be leaving the Sparks. Senior Vice President Natalie White has been named Interim President & COO. The Sparks will conduct a national search for a new President & COO to oversee business operations.
“We want to thank Danita for her significant contributions to the LA Sparks and we wish her the best moving forward,” Holoman said.