Steven Key

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Steven Key
Indiana Fever
Position Assistant coach
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1968-05-14) May 14, 1968 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Career information
High school Atholton (Columbia, Maryland)
College Boston University (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Undrafted
Coaching career 2006–present
Career history
As coach:
2003–2006 Düsseldorf Magics
20062007 Chicago Sky (assistant)
20082010 Chicago Sky
2011 Gießen 46ers
2011–2013 MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
2014 Connecticut Sun (assistant)
2014–2015 Licher BasketBären
2015–2017 Gießen 46ers (assistant)
20162017 Indiana Fever (assistant)

Steven Key (born May 14, 1968) is an American professional basketball coach and former professional player.


Key attended Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland, and was named the 1986 Howard County Player of the Year.[1]

He was a four-year letter winner at Boston University (1986 - 90),[2] garnering America East Conference Player of the Year honors in 1990.[3] He also received the Lou Cohen Award as BU’s Most Valuable Player the same year.[4] In 1990, Key was close to making the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers and then played for the San Jose Jammers in the 1990-91 Continental Basketball Association (CBA) season, before taking his game overseas. He went on to play until 2002 with stints in Austria (BK Klosterneuburg), Australia (Gold Coast Rollers), Germany (SV Tübingen, Steiner Bayreuth, Rhöndorfer TV, BSG Ludwigsburg, SG Braunschweig) and France (Étendard de Brest, Saint Quentin). He made three appearances in the German Bundesliga All-Star Game during his professional career.[1]

Key began his coaching career as head coach of the Düsseldorf Magics in the German second-tier league 2. Bundesliga. After three years at the Düsseldorf helm (2003 - 2006), he served as assistant coach of Chicago Sky in the WNBA in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Key was promoted to head coach and general manager of the Sky organization.[5] He resigned in September 2010.[6]

In January 2011, he became head coach of the Gießen 46ers in the German Basketball Bundesliga.[7] In June 2011, he left Gießen for fellow Bundesliga side Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg, where he served as an assistant coach, before being promoted to the head coaching position in December 2011. He was relieved of his duties in January 2013.[8]

In February 2014, Key was hired as an assistant coach by the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA,[9] but returned to Germany for the 2014-15 season to take over the head coaching job at ProB outfit Licher BasketBären.[10] After one year at the helm, he was appointed assistant coach of the Gießen 46ers in 2015.[11] In between the seasons in Germany, he served an assistant coach of the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2016 and 2017.[12]


  1. ^ a b " COACHES Steven Key". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  2. ^ "All Time Letter Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Terrier Accolades" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  5. ^ "SKY: Steven Key Named GM and Head Coach". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Steven Key Resigns as Sky Coach and GM". Swish Appeal. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  7. ^ "GIESSEN 46ers | Steven Key neuer Head Coach - GIESSEN 46ers". (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  8. ^ GmbH, Perform Media Deutschland (2013-01-06). "BBL: Ludwigsburg entlässt Trainer Key". (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  9. ^ Altavilla, John (February 28, 2014). "Sun Adds Steven Key, Former Sky Coach, To Staff". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Leinweber, Anne. "Steven Key wird neuer Head Coach der Licher BasketBären". (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  11. ^ "GIESSEN 46ers | Steven Key bleibt eine weitere Saison an der Seite von 46ers-Cheftrainer Denis Wucherer - GIESSEN 46ers". (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  12. ^ Steven Key Named as Fever Assistant Coach; Gail Goestenkors Steps Away from Coaching